HEALTHY LIVING: More clinical trials

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity 'Charity director Rachel Thorpe
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity 'Charity director Rachel Thorpe
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WESTON Park cancer hospital in Sheffield is undergoing a £1.3 million revamp to create a state-of- the-art cancer research and treatment facility.

The project will mean more patients like Jim Langley will be able to undergo clinical trials at the hospital - and the benefits will be passed on more quickly to other patients.

The first floor of the hospital will be almost completely refurbished, with a new research and treatment suite, offering access to the most up-to-date anti-cancer treatments and therapies.

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, which is leading the ‘Do Your Bit’ appeal, said: “Medical research is vitally important so I would urge as many people as possible to support this appeal.

“The new suite marks a major step in terms of research and treatment here at Weston Park Hospital and will enable our patients to receive the most up to the minute treatments for their cancer, both now and in the future.

“It will benefit thousands of people and will confirm Weston Park Hospital in the front rank of cancer treatment and research.

“Every penny that is raised in the name of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity helps to support important projects at Weston Park Hospital and that is why we continue to urge people to support our events.”

For every pound given to the campaign, Sheffield not-for profit health company Westfield Health will give a matching pound up to a maximum of £250,000 - in addition to a £100,000 donation to the appeal.

Visit www.do-your-bit.org.uk or call 0114 2265370 to support the campaign.

OVER 10,000 PARTICIPANTS

More than 10,000 people from across the region have taken part in medical trials at Weston Park Hospital since 1999;

Research is currently focused on breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer, skin cancer and lymphatic cancer;

One in five of the hospital’s patients -1,500 people per year - undergo a clinical trial;

The £1.3m expansion will mean doctors are able to offer access to a wider variety of trials;

The new suite will create a combined state-of-the-art facility to offer a more flexible service by bringing together the clinical trials and the day treatment unit in one place.