Helping patients beat cancer with new research and treatment suite

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Cancer patients now have more opportunities to beat the disease thanks to the opening of a brand new research and treatment suite at Weston Park Hospital.

Managed by leading experts from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Oncology and funded through Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s £1.3m ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign with the tremendous support of Westfield Health and Yorkshire Cancer Research, the unit will provide patients with ‘gold standard’ cancer treatments and facilities in a warm and welcoming environment.

Weston Park Hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in the country and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire – a population of almost 1.8million people. Cancer patients from as far afield as Liverpool and Middlesbrough also use the unit.

Lynne Levey, 65, of Fulwood who is suffering with ovarian cancer says the new research and treatment suite at Weston Park Hospital has made a “massive difference” to her life.

Lynne said: “I was absolutely blown away by how peaceful and calm the unit was, and meeting new people on the unit has really helped. Cancer is a club that no-one wants to join, but I’m a great believer in positivity because it’s the only way forward.

“When I first came to the new research and treatment suite I didn’t know what to expect, but from the moment I sat down everyone was so kind and I knew I was going to be well looked after.

“The new suite is so calming and peaceful, and everything is so well thought through – the comfy chairs and the restful decor just helps to make the treatment easier.”

As well as coming in every week for chemotherapy, the new research and treatment suite has given Lynne an opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research.

“I was asked about taking part in a clinical trial, and I thought if people like me hadn’t tested new cancer drugs and treatments in the past years ago, we wouldn’t be in the position we are now in with cancer treatments,” added the grandma-of-three.

“We’re all really well monitored, and it’s such a small and intimate place where you get to meet people from all over the country that I feel so lucky to have this service down the road in Sheffield.”

The number of cancer patients taking part in clinical trials in Sheffield has dramatically increased over the past few years, with one in five taking part in clinical trials in 2014 compared to one in 25 in 2000. The new expanded suite will be able to treat twice the number of cancer sufferers than was previously possible, giving even more patients access to pioneering drugs and treatments.

Professor Rob Coleman, Director of the Sheffield Cancer Research Centre, Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology, Weston Park Hospital, said: “We are delighted that this new treatment suite has opened its doors to patients.

“The new facilities really are the ‘gold standard’ in cancer care, and would not have been possible without the incredible generosity of members of the public, Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Westfield Health.

Thanks to the opening of this new suite, patients in the region will now have even more opportunities to take part in pioneering national and international cancer research, paving the way for better treatments and care in South Yorkshire and beyond.

Phase 1 of the project has been funded by the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign, which was launched by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity in May 2012. Sheffield-based not-for-profit health insurance provider, Westfield Health, kick-started the campaign with an initial £100,000 donation, and pledged to match public donations, pound for pound, up to a further £250,000. Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity raised £350,000 and Yorkshire Cancer Research donated £300,000.

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The University of Sheffield

With almost 25,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

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