The Lingen Davies Ruby Appeal focused on three key areas of work supporting people throughout their experience of cancer. The appeal theme were: Improving Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
We funded two Endoscopic Ultrasound Scopes (EUS), which are used to investigate and diagnose cancers in the upper gastro-intestinal system.
Over the past three years (correct in 2019) 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: