Rosemere Cancer Foundation has received a £750 donation from a medical charity trust to help fund a lung cancer research project.Advertisement
The funding, allocated by the Cheshire-based Risley Medical, Research and Charity Trust Fund, was received by Rosemere for its Lancashire and South Cumbria Cardiothoracic and Biofluid Research Bank.
The money will go towards equipment for the research bank, which is a collaboration between Royal Preston Hospital and the Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s specialist cardiothoracic (heart/lung) disease centre.
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Trusts and grants fundraiser, Rebecca Arestidou, said: “We are extremely grateful to Risley Medical, Research And Charity Trust Fund for this award.
“Lung cancer rates are higher in the North West, but also, the region has a higher than national average lung cancer death rate. For a better future, the research bank is vital.”
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The Blackpool Victoria Hospital undertakes all of the lung cancer surgeries required by the two counties. It collects tissue, blood, urine, and saliva samples from patients who have agreed to participate in the research.
The cellular pathology department at RPH receives the samples and stores them. They are made available free of charge to local consultants and university scientists to help them identify new treatments and diagnostic tools.
The samples can also be obtained nationally for a cost from pharmaceutical companies and other UK research centres. The researchers hope this will make the tissue and biofluid bank self-financing by the time Rosemere’s three years of support ends.
For further information on the charity’s work, including how to make a donation, visit the Rosemere Cancer Foundation website.
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