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Cancer charity donates equipment to Leicester’s Hospitals
Press release date23/06/2011
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Fundraisers from Coalville-based cancer charity, Brown Dog, have donated a further £24,500 to Leicester’s Hospitals to help buy vital equipment to treat skin cancer.   

Together with a generous contribution of £22,000 from the East Midlands Cancer Network, the total funds have been used to purchase equipment for Mohs micrographic surgery.  

Mohs micrographic surgery is a technique for ensuring complete removal of some difficult to treat skin cancers, while preserving as much surrounding healthy tissue as possible. It is particularly useful for skin cancers that have come back following other treatments, or those skin cancers that extend significantly within the skin. 

Skin cancer patient, Mollie Sanders, said: "When I had my treatment I had to have three operations, which is nerve-racking for anyone! Hopefully this new machine will help more people with skin cancers."  

Dr John McKenna, consultant dermatologist at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are very grateful to both Brown Dog and the East Midlands Cancer Network for providing this state of the art equipment for our department. The equipment will allow us to perform Mohs micrographic surgery on many more patients.” 

He added: "Together with their previous donation to treat patients with malignant melanomas, Brown Dog has been exceptionally generous." 

This is the second piece of equipment Brown Dog has donated - earlier this year the Molemax 111 machine was unveiled to enhance the treatment of patients with malignant melanomas thanks to the £30,000 cost being donated by Brown Dog in association with Leicester Hospital Charity's 2010 skin cancer appeal. 


Media opportunity 

Members of the media are invited to join us for the official unveiling of the new equipment at 11:00 on Tuesday 28th June 2011 at Leicester Royal Infirmary. There will be the opportunity to photograph and interview Dr John McKenna, Mark Storer from Brown Dog and patient Mollie Sanders. John is also available for telephone interviews prior to the day. Please confirm your attendance or book an interview by contacting Rachael Dowling, communications officer at Leicester’s Hospitals, on 0116 258 8592 or Rachael.dowling@uhl-tr.nhs.uk About Leicester’s HospitalsThe University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) is one of the largest and busiest acute trusts in the country.

Our hospitals include the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary – incorporating Leicester Children’s Hospital.

We provide services for a diverse population of nearly one million people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as well as a further two to three million people from neighbouring counties.

With an annual budget of around £650 million we employ almost 12,000 staff who provide NHS services to over one million patients every year.

We have nationally and internationally renowned centres of excellence in cardiac, renal and cancer care, and we are at the forefront of many research programmes and new surgical procedures.

The Care Quality Commission recently announced that our cardiac unit at Glenfield Hospital is one of Britain’s three top specialist centres for successful heart bypass operations.

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