The Royal Marsden

Celebrating ten years of robotic surgery

As the first Trust in England to introduce two da Vinci surgical systems to the operating theatre, we are celebrating a decade of robotic surgery at The Royal Marsden
The da Vinci Xi robot in Chelsea

The da Vinci Xi robot in Chelsea


surgeries performed so far

January 2007: we installed the da Vinci S.

January 2015: we introduced the newest model, the da Vinci Xi.

Supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity contributed to the cost of both robots. 

The da Vinci robot makes it possible for surgeons to make microscopic incisions with greater accuracy and control than ever before. Watch our video to learn more about the benefits.





years – the oldest patient operated on

Together with his children Hannah and John, philanthropist and loyal supporter Don McCarthy CBE donated £1.5 million to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for the da Vinci Xi. 

His wife Diane was treated for bowel cancer at The Royal Marsden, and passed away in 2007.

We live-tweeted an operation as it was happening in March 2015, which used the da Vinci Xi to remove the prostate gland of a patient​.



Live surgery highlights

Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards, an ex-Metropolitan police dog handler, had a two-hour prostatectomy. The Evening Standard were invited to watch the surgery.

Consultant Urological Surgeon Declan Cahill said: “The cancer was life-threatening and this operation was curative. He should make a good recovery though, and I anticipate a complete cure from his prostate cancer.”

Dave said that he wanted to live to see his children, Andrew, 24, and Kate, 27, marry and have their own children, and hopes that his story will encourage other men to get tested.

Mr Declan Cahill, Consultant Urological Surgeon

“We use the robotic arms to make microscopic incisions with greater accuracy and control compared with open surgery or standard laparoscopy. This means less blood, less pain and quicker recovery.”

Timothy Mitchell, 29, testicular cancer patient

“I recovered incredibly quickly and was up and walking around the next day – if I had open surgery it would have taken weeks, if not months, to fully recover.”

Rita Hegarty, 60, bowel cancer patient

“Since the operation I’ve been able to meet my two new grandchildren and celebrate my 60th birthday on a Caribbean cruise – something I never thought would happen.”