HRH The Duke of Cambridge visits The Royal Marsden to see latest innovations

His Royal Highness spoke to patients and staff, observed a new radiology procedure, and stepped aboard the Man Van.

Duke with crowd of people

The Duke visited the hospital on Tuesday, and saw how support from the Charity is helping to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

His Royal Highness met staff at the charity-funded Reuben Foundation Imaging Centre, and then joined Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Dr Nicos Fotiadis, to witness a live, robot-guided microwave ablation. 

The Duke also spoke with a patient, Lorraine Kimber, who has previously had this procedure. Lorraine spoke about the benefits to patients of ablation, which includes faster recovery time, less pain and no scarring, compared to other surgical techniques.

3 men talking and looking at computer screen, wearing surgical scrubs
HRH Duke of Cambridge in surgical scrubs, watching a consultant (male) perform a procedure on a patient
3 women and one man sit talking.  The man is HRH The Duke of Cambridge. All are wearing surgical masks

Paying tribute to Dame Deborah James

Lorraine is also a friend of Dame Deborah James, and during his visit, His Royal Highness spoke with her and a number of staff who have been involved in Deborah's treatment and care.

Deborah has inspired many other patients with her positive attitude, and has raised an amazing £6.5m so far from her Bowel Babe Fund for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Cancer Research UK and Bowel Cancer UK.

Innovation in early diagnosis

A dark-haired man sits next to a woman in a nurse's uniform, they are talking to HRH The Duke of Cambridge who is sat opposite them.  There is a digital screen behind them, all are wearing surgical masks
A group of men are outside having a discussion.  2 black men and 2 white men.  One of the white men is The Duke of Cambridge

The Man Van is a new mobile health clinic which is providing free health checks for men and which aims to diagnose prostate and other urological cancers earlier, when treatment is more likely to be successful. 

The Duke stepped on board and heard all about the process men go through during a visit, from conversations about health and lifestyle, mental health, and the offer of a blood test.

The innovative pilot project was developed by The Royal Marsden, RM Partners West London Cancer Alliance, and The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR), with support from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Group of people stood talking outside a van.  One of the men is HRH The Duke of Cambridge

During the visit, The Duke spoke to Bishop Mark Nicholson, who attended an appointment in the Man Van and has since been supporting the project.

Mark said:

“Before getting involved with the Man Van, I had no idea that one in four black men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. It was terrible to find out the risk is so high...Having the opportunity to meet The Duke and discuss this project with him today was a real honour as I think this initiative has the potential to have a significant impact on my community.”