New 3 Dimensional mammography equipment has been installed at Gloucestershire breast centre
2nd October 2019
New 3D mammography equipment has been installed at Thirlestaine Breast Centre in Cheltenham just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This was the result of a fundraising campaign by local medical charity Cobalt.
Cobalt has supported breast cancer services since the screening programme was launched in 1990, almost thirty years ago. Now, 28,000 screening mammograms are carried out each year and up to 125 symptomatic patients are also seen each week.
Supporter Sarah Hope said “Last year it was my 50th birthday and it was also the 10th anniversary of my diagnosis of breast cancer. I decided to give up all my birthday presents and asked people to give money for the 3D scanner instead”.
The new equipment will give an opportunity to use the expertise at the Thirlestaine Breast Centre to participate in research. Research is essential to find out which treatments work better for breast cancer patients. It plays an important role in progressing medicine and making sure that existing treatments are used in the best possible way.
Deborah Lee, CEO Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor Iain Lyburn, Medical Director, Cobalt
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said “We will now be raising funds for two new breast cancer research nursing posts to enable research trials to take place in Gloucestershire Hospitals, under the direction of Professor Iain Lyburn and Dr Sarah Vinnicombe. These posts will lead to local involvement in new national and international clinical trials, contributing to breast cancer research. The research nurses will also support the data collection and help to increase the amount of patients entering research projects. We need to raise £66,000 each year to enable this to happen. Every donation, no matter the size, is important. We are asking all people who want to support Cobalt’s work, including individuals, community groups, businesses, trusts and foundations to donate what they can”.
£128 funds a research nurse for a day to develop and co-ordinate new and on-going clinical trials, which will in turn give future patients access to the best care and treatments.
For more information contact Fundraising on 01242 535922 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
Go to https://www.cobalthealth.co.uk/support-us/gloucestershire-breast-cancer-equipment-appeal/ for information on the latest fundraising appeal.