A technique is being trialled by London surgeons to reduce the risk of men losing their sexual potency from prostate cancer surgery.
The NeuroSAFE procedure aims to minimise the chance of having to remove the nerves around the prostate gland, thereby preserving a mans ability to have sex.
Surgeons hope this will encourage younger men with prostate cancer to agree to an attempted cure with surgery.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with almost 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually.It kills about 12,000 a year but if caught early the chances of a cure are very good.
The trial is being led by consultant urological surgeon Greg Shaw at University College London Hospitals in Marylebone. The procedure originated in Germany and has been performed during robotic prostate surgery for the past five or six years.
Mr Shaw, who uses a surgical robot to remove a prostate, said he had launched the trial after seeing two young patients decline surgery only for their cancer to become untreatable.
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