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Robotic Surgical Systems

Cancer and robotics – an odd pairing, maybe, but not to surgeons from New Hanover Regional Medical Center who will be speaking on the symptoms and treatment of gynecologic and prostate cancers at NHRMC’s next Live & Learn Seminar on November 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fitness and Wellness Center at Brunswick Forest.

With gynecologic and prostate cancers affecting more than 76,000* women and 203,415* men respectively on an annual basis, knowing the latest treatment options can make a significant difference in recovery and outcome. Fortunately for residents of southeastern North Carolina, NHRMC is home to one of medicine’s most advanced cancer-fighting tools – the da Vinci S™ robotic surgical system. Allowing surgeons greater visibility and precision, this minimally invasive surgical technique optimizes the surgical treatment of various cancers.

Come hear Dr. Walter Gajewski and Dr. Roc McCarthy, both of the NHRMC Physician Group, talk about gynecologic and prostate cancers, their treatments, including the da Vinci S™, and get your questions answered. The event is free and open to the public and includes refreshments.


Q. What is gynecologic cancer?
A. Gynecologic cancer is a disease that affects only women. Five main types of gynecologic cancer exist - cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. Each is unique, with different signs and symptoms, different risk factors and different treatment strategies.

Q. What is prostate cancer?
A. Prostate cancer is a disease that affects only men. Located beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate is a walnut-sized gland that forms part of the male reproductive system. In most men the prostate increases in size with advanced age, which can sometimes result in a variety of prostate health conditions, including prostate cancer.

Q. What treatments exist for both conditions?
A. Traditional treatments for gynecologic and prostate cancers often involve some combination of surgery and radiation and/or chemotherapy. Newer, less invasive surgical devices, including the da Vinci S™ robotic surgical system, now allow surgeons greater visibility and precision in removing various malignancies, resulting in better patient recovery and outcome.


How the Robotic Surgical System Works

Reserve your space at the LIVE & LEARN seminar today by calling VitaLine at 910.815.5188, or register online at

*2006 CDC Report

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