With new therapies and technologies continually emerging, the cancer treatment landscape looks entirely different today than it did just 10 years ago. One type of advanced treatment that is becoming more and more prominent is robotic surgery.
The first documented use of robotics for surgery dates back to 1987, when a surgeon used a laparoscopic procedure to perform a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder).
During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes small incisions and then inserts a laparoscope (a thin tube equipped with a tiny video camera), which enables him or her to see inside the body on a nearby monitor.
This was just the beginning, and today even more advanced forms of robotic surgery are being used to treat cancer.