Our goal is to ensure cancer patients diagnosed at Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust receive the best possible care and can have all their radiotherapy appointments and treatments closer to home instead of facing the stress of travelling long distances.
This care will be offered from the new Satellite Radiotherapy Centre in Swindon through a partnership with regional cancer experts Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, like you, £2.9 million was raised for Brighter Futures’ Radiotherapy Appeal and the construction of the new £18m Radiotherapy Centre (pictured right) is now well under way and is due to complete at the end of 2021.
To fully realise our vision we want to ensure that a CT scanner is installed in the Radiotherapy Centre from when it opens in 2022.
At a patient’s planning appointment, images are taken using a specialist computed tomography scanner (CT scanner). The specialist CT scanner allows a patient to lie flat in the proposed treatment position and then uses x-rays and a computer to gain detailed images that can be used to design their individual treatment plan.
Thanks to advances in technology, radiographers in Swindon will be able to share patient CT Scans with the expert planning team based at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford. They will use this information to create bespoke and targeted radiotherapy treatment plans for each patient. This gives patients the expertise provided by a regional centre of cancer excellence whilst offering patients cancer care close to home and their support networks.
Brighter Futures has a fundraising target of £500,000. So far, we have raised just over £300,000 towards this target.
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