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Children can ring out end of cancer treatment thanks to new Ipswich Hospital bell

PUBLISHED: 16:44 17 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 17 June 2018

Denys Brazovskij and his mum Rasa Brazovskaja at Ipswich Hospital Picture: CHRIS BRAMMER

Denys Brazovskij and his mum Rasa Brazovskaja at Ipswich Hospital Picture: CHRIS BRAMMER

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Young patients who have finished chemotherapy at Ipswich Hospital can now ring a special bell to celebrate the end of their treatment and mark the start of the next chapter of their lives.

Charlie Heffer, paediatric oncology nurse specialist, Rasa Brazovskaja, Lyndsey Walker, lead paediatric oncology/haematology nurse specialist, Alison Whittaker, paediatric oncology nurse specialist, Denys Brazovskij and Debbie Fernando, paediatric consultant Picture: CHRIS BRAMMERCharlie Heffer, paediatric oncology nurse specialist, Rasa Brazovskaja, Lyndsey Walker, lead paediatric oncology/haematology nurse specialist, Alison Whittaker, paediatric oncology nurse specialist, Denys Brazovskij and Debbie Fernando, paediatric consultant Picture: CHRIS BRAMMER

The bell was rung for the first time by Denys Brazovskij, 13, from Ipswich, who has just completed three years of treatment for leukaemia.

It was donated to the hospital by the End of Treatment Bells organisation, which places bells in hospitals across the country, and has been installed on the paediatric investigation unit.

Lyndsey Walker, lead paediatric oncology/haematology nurse specialist at the hospital, said: “Finishing chemotherapy is a huge moment in a child’s life and we wanted to find a way of marking it and making it special.

“Ringing the bell is a really positive experience for so many of our patients and families. It marks a milestone moment, represents hope and helps them to feel like they are winning the battle.

“Treatment for leukaemia can last for up to three years, so young children might not even remember what life was like before they started the chemotherapy. Ringing the bell is really symbolic – for many it means they no longer have to take medication every day and marks the start of the next chapter for them.

“We are really grateful to End of Treatment Bells for this donation, which will help our young cancer patients take the next step and move on with their lives.”

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