For patients suffering from head and neck tumours, treatment previously entailed a unique and claustrophobic procedure. This is now all set to change for the majority of patients as Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity has received a £44,300 donation from Sheffield-based Westfield Health to fund revolutionary new equipment, which will aid the treatment of some 400 patients from across the South Yorkshire region each year.
Weston Park Hospital will be the first European hospital to treat patients using the revolutionary Medicarve equipment, which will have a dramatic impact on the comfort of patients during treatment. Head and neck tumours are currently treated with intensive and highly accurate shots of radiotherapy. When radiotherapy is being delivered to the head and neck, this pinpoint accuracy is vital to prevent any additional damage to sensitive areas of the head such as the eyes. To ensure the patient is in exactly the correct position before radiotherapy is delivered, their head is encased in a clear plastic shell that is firmly fixed to the radiotherapy bed.