DA VINCI SURGICAL ROBOTIC SYSTEM
Public Education for Prostate Cancer—the First Line of Defense
Prostate Cancer is of great concern in a fraternity with a membership of some 50,000 men, many of whom are advanced in years. The impact of prostate cancer in men has significant implications for all family members.
In 2008, the Masonic Foundation of Ontario made a pledge of $45,000 over 3 years to St Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in London, Ontario. The donation is in support of the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System, a minimally-invasive tool that can play a key role in the treatment of prostate cancer. It provides surgeons with high-resolution viewing, three-dimensional screens and precise surgical instruments for work where access is difficult.
The da Vinci robot, aside from being used for prostate cancer, has been used in the treatment or removal of cancers of the bladder, colon and pancreas. Patients benefit from robotic minimally-invasive surgery because of reduced trauma to the body, less anaesthesia, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, less scarring, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and return to normal activity…..but perhaps the most important benefit to men is a greatly reduced risk of sexual dysfunction and incontinence, factors that sometimes deter men from having surgery at all.
The Masonic Foundation recognizes and salutes the complementary initiative of our Grand Master, M Wor Bro Allan J Petrisor with regard to his personal project, Prostate Cancer Research- Early Detection and Awareness. This two-year initiative has resonated with the Masons of Ontario who have supported the initiative, willingly and most generously. To date, in excess of $ 75,000 has already been raised in support of this most worthwhile initiative. It is significant that early detection, through a digital rectal examination coupled with the PSA test, is vitally important in defeating this most frequently diagnosed cancer in Canadian men.