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Cancer unit gets new equipment

PUBLISHED: 22:00 05 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:46 02 March 2010

VULNERABLE cancer patients are to benefit from special clean air filters bought in memory of a young man who died.

Chris Allen was just 33 when he died 18 months ago after a battle against Hodgkins Lymphoma.

VULNERABLE cancer patients are to benefit from special clean air filters bought in memory of a young man who died.

Chris Allen was just 33 when he died 18 months ago after a battle against Hodgkins Lymphoma.

More than £3,000 was donated in his memory, which his mother Jenny Coe from Rushmere decided to give to the Somersham Ward at Ipswich Hospital where Chris was cared for.

Because he was an engineer it was decided to use the money towards a piece of engineering which would help the hospital, in his memory.

Mrs Coe said: "They gave us tremendous support on the ward and Chris thought he had marvellous treatment there."

Dr Nick Dodd is the consultant who looked after Chris's care.

He said that the clean air filters will help remove bacteria, fungi and mould which occurs in particles the airs particles.

The filters are being placed in four isolation rooms, used to treat people with acute Leukaemia and also a room which is used for patients with bone marrow transplants.

Although the particles do not cause any harm to people who are well, people who have cancer are very vulnerable to them.

Dr Dodd said: "The filter cuts down the particles by 80 per cent.

"We cannot prove the difference but it is know that cutting down the particles is protective to the patients."

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