A piece of cutting-edge equipment to detect early signs of lung cancer has been installed at the Royal Preston Hospital.
The kit is at the Rosemere Cancer centre and hospital bosses say it means they will be able to assess patients suspected of lung cancer at a much earlier stage, and it will give better images than before, in a safer and less invasive way.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust is the first trust outside London to install the equipment.
The Endobronchial Ultrasound means consultants can obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding area without the patient having to have surgery. It also means they can reach and analyse hard to reach areas.
Dr Mohammed Munavvar, consultant in respiratory medicine at Trust said: “I had the privilege of being invited to Japan to evaluate this innovative equipment and we are delighted to have it here at Royal Preston hospital. Currently just nine percent of lung cancer patients survive for five years or more, but we are confident that this new technology will help us to save more lives and the procedure is far more comfortable and less invasive for the patient.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive said: “We are confident that this new cutting-edge equipment will make a real difference to the lives of our patients.”
The equipment is at the hospital on loan and was secured following a donation of £27,444 from the Furness Building Society.
The Rosemere Cancer Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to raise the £100,000 needed to keep it. To help call 01772 522913.