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First patients benefit from new £1.3 million kit funded by 25th Anniversary Appeal


Last May, we launched our 25th Anniversary Guiding Light Appeal to bring Surface Guided Radiotherapy Treatment to the Rosemere Cancer Centre here at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

At a cost of £1.3 million, the cutting-edge kit will revolutionise radiotherapy treatment for thousands of patients from across Lancashire and the South Lakes; currently, the cancer centre delivers approximately 45,000 doses of radiotherapy treatment to about 3,800 patients a year - roughly 240 patients a day, five days a week.

Now, we are delighted to announce that thanks to the kindness of our fundraisers, volunteers and donors  - including generous grants of £7,500 from the Sir John Fisher Foundation and £2,000 from the The Hospital Saturday Fund - we have now raised over £800,000 towards our Appeal target! The brand-new kit has been installed here at the cancer centre, our clinical colleagues have been trained on its use - and they recently treated their first patients.

Blackpool school support worker Anita Brown (68) was the very first patient to start and complete a course of radiotherapy treatment using the new kit; she was diagnosed with breast cancer last August after a routine mammogram. She said: "... I didn't know until I got there to my appointment and the hospital told me that I was the first person going to receive the treatment. I am honoured and privileged to have been the first to use this equipment. It is an amazing thing that has been offered to me which will help a lot of people in the future. The technology they use is just amazing and the hospital staff are incredible."

The SGRT equipment will be first used on a selection of breast cancer patients, before a roll out to all radiotherapy patients in the coming months. You can read more about Anita's story over on the Lancashire Post's website, here: or, you can see more on our website, here:  

All of us in the Rosemere team would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person, group or business who has supported our Appeal so far - we really couldn't have achieved this without you. Although this fantastic equipment is now up and running, we do still need to raise our £1.3m total to ensure that it's fully paid for, to continue to benefit local radiotherapy patients for years to come. If you'd like to make a donation you can find out how, here:


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