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Bladder cancer treatment gets robotic upgrade

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Ashley N. Rice, [email protected]

Treatment of bladder cancer, the sixth most common cancer in the US, hasn’t changed much in more than 70 years. It still involves crude instruments and contortion of the patient’s body to reach certain target areas. Collaborative research between Vanderbilt and Columbia universities aims to dramatically update this standard of care. The team of engineers and doctors, headed by Vanderbilt mechanical engineering associate professor Nabil Simaan, developed a robotic platform with a flexible, articulated arm that can be inserted through the urethra. This gives surgeons a much...Read full article

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