This grant was used to purchase an additional ultrasound machine, rectal probes and a urology procedure chair which will enable the Beatson to:
The additional equipment will help the Beatson to expand the use of a new NICE approved procedure involving a rectal spacer device (biodegradable gel that is inserted into the space between the prostate and rectum). This gel helps to reduce radiotherapy toxicity by pushing the rectum away from the prostate while it receives a dose of radiation. At present, this treatment is only available to a limited number of patients, but the additional equipment will enable the Beatson to expand the use of this innovative technology.
With this new technology and equipment, the Beatson is now able to offer radical radiotherapy to prostate cancer patients who are unable to have radiotherapy or surgery in the standard way. Furthermore, the additional equipment will help the Beatson to smoothly establish this new service without impacting the general waiting list.
“I would like to thank Beatson Cancer Charity for the great support received in improving the Uro-Oncology Services at the Beatson. We have now received all the new equipment including the new urology procedure chair, the BK ultrasound machine and the most up to date probes that are required to support the prostate cancer seeds clinic and the start of the new service involving biodegradable spacers. The Beatson is the only centre in Scotland that is currently able to provide this service, and this has only been achievable with the great support from Beatson Cancer Charity along with our Beatson Management and Outpatient Nursing Team. Once again, I am very grateful for the support that has been provided.”
- Dr Abdulla Alhasso, Consultant Clinical Oncologist Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.