Prince William scrubs up to see pioneering robotic surgery

The Duke of Cambridge visited the Royal Marsden Hospital in London yesterday to watch surgeons perform pioneering robotic surgery on a cancer patient.

The 35-year-old prince looked on as Professor Vinidh Paleri used the robot technology to operate on Anne White, a patient with adenoid cystic carcinoma: a rare form of cancer in the glandular tissues.

Prince William has been the president of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust since May 2007, following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, who previously held the position.

Although he didn’t get the chance to try his hand as a surgeon, he did get to use one of the robotic consoles and joked that he could tell the doctors had played Playstation.

He also spoke to some patients in the Burdett-Coutts Ward who were receiving treatment.

The Royal Marsden in Chelsea is home to the largest and most comprehensive programme of robotic surgery for cancer in the UK, which is revolutionising cancer treatment.