Cancer charity's £60,000 boost to pathology dept

Cancer charity donates £60,000 for new state-of-the-art equipment

PCTA Pathology Donation
PCTA Pathology Donation

A cancer charity has donated £60,000 to the Cellular Pathology department at Peterborough City Hospital to purchase new state-of-the-art equipment.

The Peterborough Cancer Treatment Appeal (PCTA) has raised £2.4million for Peterborough City Hospital and the former Peterborough District Hospital since 1983, which has provided fantastic resources for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

This recent donation has provided invaluable resources which will speed up the diagnosis process for patients awaiting their results and ensure that the team of scientists, who work behind the scenes in the laboratory, have modern high-quality equipment to work with.

Thanks to the donation, the Pathology team have been able to purchase two embedding stations that enable the tissue that is processed to be optimally orientated, two microtomes, which slice up tumours to provide a specimen and a processor which embalms the specimen so that it is ready to be examined.

Dr Kanchan Rege, Medical Director for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very grateful to the PCTA for their continued generous support of our patients suffering from cancer. The group’s previous donations have enabled us to improve the treatment of cancer patients and this donation completes the pathway by supporting our diagnosis of cancer.”

Ron Douglas, Secretary for the PCTA, said: “The PCTA welcomed the opportunity to support the Cellular Pathology Department by providing this equipment, which will enable the Department to work even more efficiently going forward.

We are constantly in touch with the Trust with regard to funding opportunities for cancer related equipment.”

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Notes to Editor:

In the last year the Cellular Pathology team have dealt with almost 25,000 cases, including breast, skin, prostate and colon. These cases have equated to an average of 500 cancer diagnoses made every month.

Should you wish to contact or donate to the PCTA, please visit the website www.cta-peterborough.com