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UCH Cancer Fund

The UCH Cancer Fund supports enhanced services and amenities over and above what the NHS is able to provide for haematology, oncology and red cell patients.

What we raise money for:

University College Hospital aims to ensure that all people with cancer, their families and carers receive a world-class service from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. To achieve this, the UCH Cancer Fund was created to assist with important areas of work to support the hospital’s aim of building a comprehensive cancer system to benefit all of the cancer patients and healthcare professionals across the region and beyond.

With your support we can continue to invest in projects that enhance both our patients’ and their carers’ experiences, while also advancing our services through funding additional medical equipment and staff training.

Support and Information Service

We support a range of services which address the physical, psychological and emotional impact of being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment.

“One day, I wandered into the calm environment that is the living room of the Cancer Centre and I was offered sensible information, a cup of tea, tissues to wipe my tears and gentle calming support. I was told of all the things on offer to help me get through it. I certainly made good use of the six sessions of alternative therapies like massage and reflexology. They were a treat but had significant benefits. One of the drugs I was given was Taxol and my feet and legs suffered with numbness. I found the reflexology really helped, it was enjoyable and beneficial too!” - Patient at UCH

Additional medical equipment

With charitable donations we are able to fund additional medical equipment and replace old equipment. Clinical Nurse Specialist, Selena Sandeluss, said: “We really are so grateful for the funding to purchase a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine. It will make a huge difference to us when introducing peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines as it produces high-quality images to aid insertion and is also portable so we can easily transport it with us when going to different clinical areas for insertions. This equipment will really make a difference to patient experience and make our jobs easier – thank you!”

Staff education

Georgia Durrant and Christabel Welch from the Hospital’s Head and Neck team, attended a tracheostomy conference to increase their expertise in this field. They said: “Being able to provide this specialised service to our patients and the hospital means we can work together better as a team. Teamwork is paramount on our ward and this support enables us to provide the best patient-centred care possible. Thank you very much to UCH Cancer Fund supporters for this funding.”

Medical research

With funding through the UCH Cancer Fund, consultant Clinical Oncologist, Dr Anita Mitra is leading a pilot study on serial mpMRI scanning in prostate cancer after androgen deprivation therapy and radiotherapy (SMART). The SMART trial is investigating whether MRI scanning can detect early changes in the prostate gland after treatment with hormones and radiotherapy. The MRI scan is also being conducted in a new way to see if this improves its ability to detect early changes.

The study will also investigate whether it is possible to capture more information about how the prostate cancer has responded to treatment by taking repeated MRI scans at various stages during and after radiotherapy, before the PSA rises. It will look at how the scan results change over time, in the hope of identifying how well patients are responding to treatment earlier than is known at present.

Read more about the work

Contact:
T: 020 3447 1885
E: cancerfund@uclh.nhs.uk

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