Our £2 million Prostate Cancer Care Appeal is launched

Today sees the launch of our new ambitious Appeal to fund 2 surgical robots to give men with prostate cancer in the south west the best prospect of recovery and survival.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every day more than 130 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK. Here at Southmead Hospital we are lucky enough to have the largest urological centre in the country, treating 1,000s of prostate cancer patients a year.  It is also one of only 5 centres in the UK to specialise in robotic surgery to treat the disease.

But having helped save the lives of many men, our current robot is aging, and we are launching the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal to fund 2 new robots so that even more men can be offered this life-saving treatment.

“Robotic prostate surgery is much better for men suffering with prostate cancer than traditional surgical methods.” Explains lead Urology Consultant, Anthony Koupparis.  “It’s more accurate, less invasive, causes less blood loss, and reduces the length of stay in hospital. Men also have much better long term prospects for a full recovery.

“Our team at Southmead are regional, national and European leaders for robotic surgery and the Appeal will ensure we stay at the forefront of this technology.”

Donations to the Appeal will:

  • Purchase two robots for the hospital to meet growing demand
  • Support the training of the next generation of robotic surgeons
  • Fund new diagnostic and treatment options

Peter Wheddon underwent robotic surgery at Southmead last year to treat his prostate cancer. He has since enjoyed a remarkable recovery and has gone on to qualify for a place on the GB Duathlon team and came 5th in the World Duathlon Championships in Spain earlier this year.  Read his full story here.

Over the coming year, events hosted by the Charity will support the Appeal so keep an eye out for news on the website. We'd love to hear from individuals, companies and other organisations who would like to get fundraising to support the Appeal – from bake sales, to running a marathon there are lots of ways people can help.  Find out more about the Appeal and how to support it here or contact us on:  hello@southmeadhospitalcharity.org.uk

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