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Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland visits Hope Against Cancer facility

Ground-breaking cancer treatments and research will benefit Rutland, Stamford and Bourne residents.

Thanks to the work of the Hope Against Cancer clinical trials facility at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, break-throughs have been made in treating the likes of leukaemia and breast cancer.

The facility, which is a joint venture between the University of Leicester, Leicester’s Hospitals and Hope Against Cancer, received a visit from the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness and the new High Sheriff of Rutland, Margaret Miles, on Wednesday.

Dr Sarah Furness and Margaret Miles with nurse Theresa Beavers. Photo: Glenn Huckerby
Dr Sarah Furness and Margaret Miles with nurse Theresa Beavers. Photo: Glenn Huckerby

Thanks to the clinical trials, a chemotherapy-free treatment has been developed for leukaemia patients and research carried out by the facility has also suggested that a simple blood test can detect a breast cancer relapse up to two year earlier than conventional imaging.

Professor Jacqui Shaw, professor of Translational Cancer Research at the University of Leicester, said she hoped that this could be made available on the NHS ‘over the next two to five years’.

Dr Sarah Furness said: “Many people from Rutland benefit from the centre of excellence for cancer treatment that has been developed by Leicester’s Hospitals and the University of Leicester, enabled by significant support from local charity, Hope Against Cancer.

“It gives me great pleasure to see the progress they are making to beat cancer. ”

Professor Anne Thomas, director of the Hope clinical trials facility, said: “With the support of Hope, the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals together can conduct more cutting-edge research and run more clinical trials, giving local people who are eligible the opportunity to be the first to try new therapies in a calm, relaxing and welcoming environment.

“We will be forever indebted to Hope and its supporters for their generosity and desire to make a difference to the lives of local people with cancer.”

Sue Hanbury, a Hope Against Cancer fundraiser from Uppingham who had a family member suffered from cancer, said: “It’s very encouraging to see all the work that is going on here at the facility today.

“It’s also good to see the money we are raising is making a difference too.”

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