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Charity launches public appeal to bring lifesaving MRI scanner to Scotland

 

Beatson Cancer Charity's new appeal aims to raise £100,000

A drive to bring a lifesaving MRI device to Scotland has been launched.

Beatson Cancer Charity, which supports the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, has agreed to take on the challenge of raising £100,000 towards a new MRI scanner.  

The charity will be raising funds through their new campaign, See the Difference, working closely with the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for the new scanner as well as covering the recruitment, training and salary costs of specialist staff posts. 

The new MRI scanner, which will be the first of its kind in Scotland, will help improve the outcomes of 20,000 people with cancer over the next 10 years. It will also be crucial for the Beatson as it will support treatment for children and adults who are living with cancer. The new scanner will also reduce the number of radiotherapy treatments for some patients by giving the Beatson’s wonderful staff the ability to adapt the daily doses, potentially making their treatment more manageable. 

Eithne MacPherson, head of therapeutic radiography at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, said: “We are so lucky that we have The Beatson here in Scotland, with world-leading clinicians ensuring that people have access to some of the best treatments ever developed. By helping to fund this cutting-edge MRI scanner, you could help us add the ‘extra piece’ that will allow us to deliver world-class radiotherapy treatment.  

“I know the past 12 months have been tough for everyone, but I really hope that you are as excited as I am at the prospect of bringing some hope to those dealing with a cancer diagnosis, through these challenging times and beyond.” 

The scanner will directly improve the outcomes of those suffering from brain cancer, prostate cancer, spinal cancers and gynaecological cancers among others, all the while opening doors to further research and increasing the Beatson’s ability to undertake clinical trials.  

Alongside the life-enhancing MRI Scanner, you can help Beatson Cancer Charity fund a brand new, warm and inviting MRI waiting area. It is hoped that this waiting area will create the same comfortable and relaxing feeling people get when they walk into the much- loved Wellbeing Centre. 

Jamie Matheson, chairman of Beatson Cancer Charity, said “Working in a cancer hospital like The Beatson, you are keenly aware that people are trusting staff with their lives. This awesome responsibility drives them to offer the very best care and treatment possible. We are extremely proud to support our colleagues in the Beatson as best we can. 

“We urgently need to find ways of targeting radiation more effectively on tumours while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue. Indeed, this is one of the greatest challenges in cancer treatment today.” 

Events and fundraising drives will be taking place throughout the year, with summer events being prepared to be announced pending Covid restrictions.   

 

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