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Saturday April 12th, 2014

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The Windsor Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation has raised $5.4 million to fund a new medical service dedicated to men’s urological issues, particularly prostate cancer, in Windsor-Essex.

It will be located at the Met campus of Windsor Regional Hospital and will be named the ‘Dr. Richard Boyd Regional Comprehensive Men’s Health Program’.

Dr. Boyd was the respected Head of Urology at Windsor Regional Hospital who died suddenly in 2008. Cypher Systems Group (CSG), a Windsor based company that provides software development, property casualty insurance, global medical assistance and claims management, announced the naming and that CSG would be program sponsor.

“Rick was a kind and dedicated physician who offered support to his patients who were facing some difficult health challenges,” said Dr. Boyd’s wife, Jane. “Our family is profoundly honoured and grateful to know that Rick is being remembered in a way that will have a lasting impact on the well-being of men in our community and their families who love them. Additionally, a heartfelt thank you to the Cypher Systems Group for honouring Rick’s memory in this lasting way.”

The Cancer Centre Foundation launched their multi-million dollar “It’s In Your Jeans” capital campaign in June, 2012. The funds will purchase needed equipment for the Program, including high performance laboratory and diagnostic tools to improve and expedite care. That equipment will be used for all cancers for men, women, and children.

The centerpiece of the campaign is the purchase of the renowned da Vinci® Surgical Assisting Robot. It is for prostate cancer patients. It will allow patients to receive less invasive and less painful surgery with quicker recovery and lower risk of post-operative complications than from conventional surgery. The surgical platform has wider applications for both men and women. Windsor Regional Hospital is presently authorized by the Ontario government to use it only for prostate cancer treatment.

The closest da Vinci® Robot is in London. There are 24 throughout Canada. Fifty per cent of local men choosing surgery have been leaving the area to access this technology elsewhere in Ontario. The goal of the Cancer Centre Foundation is to have more men receive surgical care in their home community.

The Men’s Health Program will deliver one-stop coordinated care at Windsor Regional Hospital; provide earlier cancer detection and diagnosis; cut the wait time to treatment almost in half; and expand current treatment options to include da Vinci® robotic surgery.

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