A LEADING expert in lung cancer has been appointed as the latest trustee of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Dr Trish Fisher, a thoracic oncologist who treats patients with lung tumours, is also the Clinical Director of Specialised Cancer Services at Weston Park Hospital.
This means that, as well as treating her own patients, she is involved in ensuring that the whole hospital runs well and provides the best quality care for the region’s patients.
As a trustee, Dr Fisher becomes part of a team of unpaid experts who have ultimate responsibility for running the charity, helping to plan the strategy and manage the finances.
Dr Fisher said: “I am pleased and proud to have the opportunity to take on this new role as I know just how much of a difference the charity makes to the lives of thousands of patients.”
One of the charity’s current projects involves investing in research to more accurately target the delivery of radiotherapy, meaning treatment is shaped even more closely to the tumour and avoids unnecessary treatment of healthy tissues.
This improves the outcome for patients as it allows a higher dose of radiotherapy to be delivered to the tumour but also reduces the side effects.
The organisation also supported the hospital in developing the new Day Case Chemotherapy Unit ensuring that, where possible, patients receive their chemotherapy on a day case basis – allowing them to go home after their treatment instead of being required to stay in hospital.
Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “We are delighted that Dr Fisher has agreed to join the board of trustees.
“It is a very important role as we rely on our trustees’ expert knowledge to support all aspects of our work and particularly to ensure that every penny given to the Cancer Charity is put to best use, caring for people living with cancer and researching causes into and the treatment of the disease.”