We are Lingen Davies Cancer Fund; we exist to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin & Mid Wales.
We need to raise £1.25million by 2019 – so far we’ve raised…
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We are delighted to launch the Lingen Davies Ruby Appeal – it’s our 40th Anniversary on June 5th 2019, and to celebrate we want to raise £1.25million to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in our community. The Lingen Davies Ruby Appeal is focused on three key areas of work supporting people throughout their experience of cancer. Our appeal themes are: Improving Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
Enhancing Cancer Treatment Services
Supporting People Living Beyond Cancer
Our appeal will be funding the following exciting projects to support excellent services in our local community:
As part of our 40th Anniversary Appeal, we will be raising funds for an MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy Machine. Prostate cancer can only be diagnosed by taking samples from the prostate. A standard needle biopsy is taken randomly from the prostate, and this can result in patients having repeated biopsies, or the tumour being missed. If cancer is still suspected, the patient will be sent for another biopsy with the MRI Guided machine.
The new machine uses MRI images to allow targeted biopsies of the tumour, making them more accurate and reducing the need for them to be repeated. There is no such machine currently available in our area.
Find out more about the difference this purchase will make to people with suspected prostate cancer here
As part of the charity’s 40th Anniversary Appeal Lingen Davies Cancer Fund is raising funds for two additional Colorectal Scope Guides for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, to help improve patient comfort and accuracy for bowel cancer diagnosis.
The Scope Guides ‘bolt on’ on to a colonoscope to provide a 3D representation of the shape and position of the endoscope inside the body, making it easier to move around the colon and more comfortable for patients.
The PICC Line Placement Machine enables trained staff to place Peripheral Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) into patients receiving chemotherapy.
The PICC line is placed once and stays in the patient’s arm until their chemotherapy is over. This avoids the need for staff to find an appropriate vein each time. Where patients have small or weak veins, or are very afraid of needles, finding veins each time can be difficult and uncomfortable. Using a PICC line means that chemotherapy can be delivered more efficiently and comfortably to patients who need extra help to receive their medication.
This reduces delays as well as potential for pain or trauma in patients. The PICC Machine is now on site at RSH and we’re pleased it will be helping patients to received their chemotherapy successfully.
You can find out more about the impact this purchase will make to patients here
We’re funding two Endoscopic Ultrasound Scopes (EUS), which are used to investigate and diagnose cancers in the upper gastro-intestinal system.
Over the past three years there has been a 23% increase in the number of EUS procedures performed at SaTH hospitals and this demand is expected to continue to rise.
EUS is carried out to further investigate lesions, masses, and cysts that have been found during a routine endoscopy, conventional ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. The procedures can provide detailed ultrasound images and measurements of tumors. By using a flexible needle through the scope to perform fine-needle aspiration (FNA), EUS can also give real-time tissue diagnosis of many different cancers, thus preventing the need for more invasive surgical biopsies.
These scopes will make sure that:
– diagnoses are quicker and more accurate
– patient comfort and safety are improved as risks of damage to tissue are reduced
We’re working with Shropshire Council’s public health team to support the “Get Active, Feel Good” programme, which has been operating since 2012. The scheme, delivered by Lifestyle Fitness Ltd on behalf of Shropshire Council Public Health, helps people with cancer to feel better through physical activity and moving around more. Delivered by cancer exercise specialists and designed to encourage and support cancer patients to explore and utilise physical activity through and post cancer care, the programme aims to support recovery and help improve future health.
The programme has been running since 2012, and Lingen Davies will be funding it from 2018-2021. With our support, the service will be growing and expanding further into our region to allow people in rural areas to access it more easily. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on outcomes and quality of life for people with cancer, and we’ll be making sure this service is available to everyone who needs it in our community.
These three specialist staff roles will provide support for patients within the team who are receiving treatment for cancer. They will be based within the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust and provide advice about non-acute side effects or impact of treatment.
They will also support with managing the psychological or emotional impact of their cancer diagnosis or treatment, signposting to support services such as therapies to help with treatment side effects, or referral to welfare teams for financial advice and support. These posts will make a real difference to the experience of patients with cancer in our community.
We’ll also be funding a range of smaller projects and working on some exciting new projects to provide information and support to local people. We want to make sure that we are making the best possible contribution to services in our community, and we think funding these projects will help us to do that. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the appeal and please have a look around our site for ways you might be able to help – we really can’t do it without you!
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