The Middlesex Masonic Charity has made the substantial donation of £25,000 to the St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in Harrow for robotic colon surgery
St Mark's Hospital specialises in colorectal and anorectal procedures and hopes to raise the sum of £2 million through charitable donations and from leading philanthropists to develop a Surgical Robotics Programme for bowel cancer and bowel disease surgery. At present, they have almost reached the £0.5 million mark.
David Yeaman, a Trustee of the Middlesex Masonic Charity, presented the cheque for £25,000 to St Mark’s Hospital Foundation Chairman, Sir Tom Troubridge.
At the presentation, a talk was given by Danilo Miskovic, one of the consultant colorectal surgeons at St Mark’s and an established robotic surgeon. He has specialised in the surgical treatment of bowel cancer, with a focus on advanced minimally-invasive surgery, such as laparoscopic (key hole), trans-anal and robotic surgery.
Robotic surgery is an extremely important development in surgical innovation and the goal of the team in utilising these newer technologies and procedures is to ensure higher survival rates and improved long-term quality of life for those who have undergone surgery. The impact of surgical innovation on the cancer survival rate is striking: the five-year survival rate for bowel cancer has doubled over the past 40 years, primarily as a result of innovations in surgical procedures.
However, bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer fatalities and claims more than 630,000 lives annually worldwide. Although the overall survival rate is 50%, this can be improved on by continued surgical innovation. St Mark’s Hospital is committed to researching and implementing robotic surgery in its specialist field and also to disseminate the best clinical practice in colorectal robotic surgery worldwide.
The contribution made by Middlesex Masons, together with all other charitable giving, will immensely improve the longer term prognosis of sufferers.