Specialist cancer centre unveiled

A SPECIALIST centre for women suffering from gynaecological cancer was officially opened at Ipswich Hospital last night .Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, performed the ceremonial duties and met patients, staff and clinicians at the Stour Centre.

A SPECIALIST centre for women suffering from gynaecological cancer was officially opened at Ipswich Hospital last night .

Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, performed the ceremonial duties and met patients, staff and clinicians at the Stour Centre.

The facility is the first specialist unit of its kind in the Mid Anglia Cancer Network (MACN) area, and will care for around 300 women a year who live in east Suffolk and mid and north Essex.

It is part of a national Government drive to establish specialist cancer centres to help combat rare forms of the disease.


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David Vasey, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist and the lead clinician for the centre, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Professor Mike Richards to The Stour Centre, which is now caring for women throughout the MACN area.

“Much careful planning and team working has gone into the new centre and we have appointed more medical staff, including Mr Anders Linder, a Gynaecological Oncologist, nurse specialists and nurses to work here.

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“We've also invested in many other areas to meet the needs of our patients including pharmacy, anaesthesia, radiology, dietetics, counselling, physiotherapy and theatre staff.”

Dr David Blainey, lead clinician for the MACN, added: “This is the first specialist surgical centre to be developed in the MACN area and it has involved a lot of hard work on behalf of the gynaecology cancer teams from Colchester, Chelmsford and Ipswich.

“National policy has driven this service change with the overall aim of specialist surgical teams operating on larger numbers of patients in a larger centre producing better results for patients - better survival and fewer complications from surgery.”

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