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Rosemere Cancer Centre to get new Radiotherapy Treatment

Posted on - 30th May, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Preston News, Sharoe Green
Rosemere Cancer Foundation – radiotherapy room with fitted SGRT to deliver radiotherapy treatment more accurately

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, the charity is revolutionising how radiotherapy treatment is delivered to patients.

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They have launched their Guiding Light Appeal which will see SGRT – Surface Guided Radiotherapy Treatment – come to the Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Its arrival this summer will cost £1.3 million and it will make the centre only the second in the North West to provide it.

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It will also be the 15th specialist centre in the UK to have the technology.

Dan Hill, chief officer of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “The benefits of SGRT to patients both physically and psychologically are huge and cannot be overstated.

“There have been more than a hundred peer-reviewed published studies supporting its clinical efficacy but the equipment needed to provide it is above and beyond standard NHS provision, which is why it is still a rarity in this country.

“We wanted to do something special to mark our latest milestone birthday and we felt that this couldn’t be topped given the number of patients SGRT will benefit.”

An estimated 11,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer annually across the region. Of these, many will receive treatment plans involving radiotherapy, which can be used in the treatment of breast cancer, prostate cancer, bowel and bladder cancers, as well as head and neck cancers such as throat cancer.

Currently, the cancer centre delivers approximately 45,000 doses of radiotherapy treatment annually to about 3,800 patients (roughly 240 patients a day, five days a week) via seven linear accelerator machines (linacs), which are housed in their own individual treatment rooms.

Starting in the summer, the plan is to convert six linacs plus one CT scanner to SGRT with breast cancer patients to be the first to benefit.

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Dan said: “We will run the appeal along the exact same lines as our previous birthday appeal, which means we will take delivery of the SGRT equipment first and pay it off as donations come in. We are obviously very grateful to its manufacturer, Vision RT, for enabling us to do this.”

Tracey Ellis, oncology clinical director for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Rosemere Cancer Centre, and applied to Rosemere Cancer Foundation for SGRT funding, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first UK centres to bring SGRT technology to our radiotherapy patients.

“The advantages it gives us in terms of setting patients up in the correct position with the least amount of manual handling, the reduction in closed mask usage and no tattoos, which can be a constant and for some patients, psychologically damaging reminder of their cancer, while delivering treatment with the highest level of accuracy currently possible will revolutionise patients’ whole experience of radiotherapy and bring a new level of job satisfaction to staff throughout the department.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which was founded when the cancer centre first opened in 1997, works to bring world-class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated not just at Rosemere Cancer Centre but also at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting-edge equipment, clinical research, staff training and innovative services and initiatives that the NHS cannot afford in order to make patients’ cancer journey more effective, comfortable and stress-free.

For further information on its work, including how to make a donation to its 25 Years Anniversary Guiding Light Appeal, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

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