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Jeff Mostyn visits Poole to see state-of-the-art equipment

Jeff Mostyn and representatives from Poole Hospital and AFCB

AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn visited Poole Hospital’s Dorset Cancer Centre this week to take a tour of the hospital’s state-of-the-art radiotherapy department and find out more about the cutting edge treatments available locally for men with prostate cancer.

Around 330 patients with prostate cancer receive radiotherapy at Poole Hospital every year and the centre provides treatment to patients from across Dorset

Jeff took the time to meet staff in the radiotherapy department and described the visit as an ‘evening of inspiration’.

He said: “It was an absolute honour and privilege visiting this magnificent facility. 

“I would like to thank Chris Bown and Ted Procter and all their staff for making me and my colleague Catherine Stanley so welcome and for an evening of inspiration.  

“I was completely overwhelmed by the state-of-the-art facility at Poole Hospital’s Cancer Centre. To have this centre of excellence in our conurbation makes me realise just how fortunate the residents of Dorset are. This centre is not just about the latest technology, it also represents the highest level of care and dedication. From leading consultants, radiologists, technicians, nursing staff and engineers, patients are in the hands of experts and people who are dedicated to their work.

“This is a facility that everyone should be proud of and a facility that everyone should support. As an ambassador for Prostate Cancer UK, I realise just how vital it is to provide financial support to ensure the residents in our community continue to receive the very best care when it is most needed.”

The radiotherapy department at Poole houses a range of high-tech equipment. In 2013 new Varian RapidArc technology was introduced on two of the four linear accelerator machines, allowing cancer specialists to pinpoint the location of a tumour and deliver treatment with greater accuracy, whilst minimising the radiation dose to surrounding structures. The department also houses a brachytherapy suite, which can be used to treat prostate cancer by implanting radioactive ‘seeds’ into the prostate. 

Ted Procter, head of radiotherapy physics at Poole Hospital, said: “We were delighted to welcome Jeff and Catherine to the department and give them the opportunity to look round. Poole Hospital offers a range of treatment options to men with prostate cancer and we hope to work closely with AFC Bournemouth over the coming months to do more locally to raise awareness of the condition, and raise funds to further improve treatment and care.”

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Older men, men with a family history of prostate cancer and black men are more at risk.

To find out more about prostate cancer, visit www.prostatecanceruk.org  

Date: 23 January 2014

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