Appeal for new equipment to improve breast cancer diagnosis in East Yorkshire

Published: Thursday 7th May 2015 by KCFM

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An appeal is being launched to bring specialist breast screening equipment to East Yorkshire to improve cancer diagnosis.

The Clarity appeal aims to raise £80,000 to bring tomosynthesis facilities to Cottingham’s Castle Hill Hospital.

The technique allows doctors to get a very detailed picture of areas of concern, and can remove the need for some biopsies.

Currently, patients on the south bank of the Humber are screened using tomosynthesis at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby,but there are no such facilities in East Yorkshire.

Carly Medlock from the Humberside Breast Screening Service said the appeal aims to redress the balance:

“The breast screening service covers the whole of the Humber region, but whereas the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby has the equipment, Castle Hill does not. This means the diagnostic techniques we are able to offer our patients differ based on their geographical location, so we want to redress this imbalance to ensure that all the ladies our service covers have access to an equal standard of care.”

Tapan Mahapatra, an onco-plastic breast surgeon at Castle Hill Hospital and Spire Hospital in Anlaby,said he has seen the benefits of the technology:

“Tomosynthesis is available in Grimsby and York but we need to bring it to Hull and East Yorkshire because it can make a big difference for patients by removing the need for some biopsies and by detecting problems which might not be picked up by other methods.”

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Published: Thursday 7th May 2015 by KCFM

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