New cancer centre to be launched

PUBLISHED: 06:07 19 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

A NEW state-of-the-art cancer centre that will provide patients with on-the-doorstep treatment is to be launched at one of the region's hospitals.

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A NEW state-of-the-art cancer centre that will provide patients with on-the-doorstep treatment is to be launched at one of the region's hospitals.

The £1.75 million unit will be built at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, thanks to funding from Macmillan Cancer Relief and the trust that runs the hospital.

As part of a drive to improve cancer services in the area, the new unit will mean fewer patients will be forced to travel to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment and diagnosis.

West Suffolk Hospital will also be able to treble the number of chemotherapy treatments it provides.

Building work is expected to begin in February and it is hoped the new centre will open at the end of 2003.

Sharon Ireland, community fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Relief, said: "It's going to mean bigger and better cancer care for the people of west Suffolk.

"It's quite traumatic for people when they find out that have cancer to have to travel because it's so exhausting.

"Some people cannot be treated at Addenbrooke's and have to go to London and it's very tiring when you are so sick to travel so far.

"It's been in the pipeline for some time because of the current lack of cancer provision at the moment."

The new centre will include a reception area and large day treatment suite that will allow the hospital to increase its inpatient beds from 11 to 16.

The day treatment room will provide 11 reclining chairs in a lounge opening on to a garden and there will also be five extra bedrooms, new consultation rooms and two counselling rooms.

There will also be an enclosed air-filtered two-bedroom facility for patients at a high risk of infection and a specialist IT suite for patients and their families seeking information on the disease.

Macmillan Cancer Relief is launching a £2m fundraising appeal that will provide £1m towards the new scheme, and also funding for two Macmillan nurses and a radiographer at Ipswich Hospital.

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will providing £750,000 towards the building.

Mrs Ireland said: "We have worked closely with the local cancer networks and NHS trusts to identify what is urgently needed and that is what we are raising money for now.

"People in Suffolk have been very generous in helping Macmillan in the past and I am sure they will support us now."

For more information on fundraising, contact 01284 750808.

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