Whiston Hospital surgeons benefit from with hi-tech breast cancer imaging machine (From St Helens Star)
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Whiston Hospital surgeons benefit from with hi-tech breast cancer imaging machine
9:33am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
BREAST cancer patients will benefit from a new imaging machine that will enable surgeons to precisely remove some of the smallest cancers detectable.
The hi-tech equipment enables specialists at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals to locate cancerous cells that on many occasions are too small to be identified through examination.
In some cases it will also reduce the amount of time patients spend on the operating table and the extent of surgery that is needed.
The machine was purchased with the help of businesses and patients who donated money to St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Radiology and Cancer Services.
Miss Leena Chagla, consultant surgeon and lead clinician breast services, said: “The imaging equipment allows us to confirm that very small cancers are removed with extreme precision.
“This prevents the need for more extensive surgery and reduces the amount of time patients spend in theatre.”
Prescot Rotary Club donated £5,000 and Deanwood Golf Club £5,236. The hospitals also held a ‘Strictly at Saints’ fundraising event in October 2012, raising more than £5,000.
Meanwhile, the Burney Breast Unit has received European accreditation for its care of cancer patients.
The Breast Centres Network, part of the European School of Oncology, has granted the unit ‘full membership’, meaning that the unit is recognised for offering a range of specialised clinical services of international standard.
The unit treats more than 4,000 patients each year, providing access to a team of specialist oncologists, consultant surgeons and breast nurses.
Along with radiology equipment that can detect cancers at a very early stage, the service also provides chemotherapy at St Helens Hospital, ensuring patients can access life-saving treatment near home.
Patients with a family history of breast cancer may also be referred to Genetic Services.
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