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Robotic-assisted keyhole surgery tested for bowel cancer

March 17, 2016

David Jayne, Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leeds and Chief Investigator for the ROLARR (Robotic versus Laparoscopic Surgery) trial, said: "It has been very exciting to see the emergence of robotic surgery and I am hopeful that such systems will be of real benefit to patients with bowel cancer. However, it is vitally important that the value of robotic assistance is evaluated properly. Surgeon, patients, and healthcare providers need to know what difference this expensive and specialist technology will make - which is exactly what this study will show."

Professor Julia Brown, Director of the University of Leeds' Clinical Trials Research Unit, said: "We are delighted to be building on our track record in the evaluation of new surgical procedures and to be extending into a worldwide evaluation."

The first patients to take part in this trial of next-generation surgical technology are now being recruited. The study will eventually involve 400 patients in more than 20 centres across Europe, the US and Asia.

The ROLARR trial is being managed by the University of Leeds' Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU), part of the University's School of Medicine. The trial is a partnership between the University of Leeds and Leeds NHS Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Source: University of Leeds