April 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, April 26, 2013
Patients and hospital supporters will be updated on plans for a new cancer treatment appeal at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital next week.
Officials at the NHS trust launched a £600,000 appeal last year to expand its brachytherapy treatment at the Colney site, which has so far raised £59,000.
The public can find out more about plans to deliver a new treatment for patients with prostate and other cancers at a talk at the hospital from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, May 2 in the Benjamin Gooch lecture theatre.
High dose rate brachytherapy is already used to treat cervical and endometrial cancer patients at the N&N. However, some Norfolk prostate cancer patients have to travel to London or Cambridge for treatment. The hospital trust is looking to raise £600,000 to make adaptations to the Colney Centre to help more patients.
Dr Tom Roques, consultant oncologist at the hospital, said: “We’re in the process of raising funds for the new brachytherapy service which will make a real difference for patients with some types of cancer. It will allow us to focus radiotherapy more accurately, particularly for some prostate cancer patients. This will hopefully lead to higher cure rates, less damage to surrounding organs and fewer repeat visits to hospital for treatment.”
A number of fundraising events are being planned to support the appeal.
For more information about the Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal, visit www.nnuh.nhs.uk or donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/NNUH-TargetedRadiotherapyAppeal