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Published on April 13th, 2020 | by The Town Crier

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Donation puts Trust at forefront of cancer treatment

Representatives from the Peggy Wood Foundation joined doctors and nurses from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust today (Thursday 5 March) to see how cancer patients are benefitting from ground-breaking technology, thanks to their generous donation of over £172,000.

The Peggy Wood Foundation has funded the cost of the cutting-edge ICG Sentinel Lymph Node Detection System, which is used by the trust to treat patients with gynecological cancers with MTW being one of only a few Trusts in the UK to offer this procedure.

The innovative new system has already started treating patients, with representatives from the Peggy Wood Foundation including Chairman, Bryn Annis and fellow board members, meeting MTW specialists who have been using the machine, at the event at Maidstone Hospital.

Visitors from the foundation were able to find out more about the system which their donation has funded, as they spoke with MTW staff who were treating two more patients with the new equipment on the day.

The revolutionary system provides a quicker, less invasive and more efficient technique for detecting cancerous cells, reducing patient side effects and exposure to radiation.

Professor Omer Devaja, Consultant Gynaecologist for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, said:

 “Without the charity’s support it would not be possible to offer this specialist treatment and we are incredibly thankful to them.

“This piece of equipment will allow MTW to continue to be at the forefront of cancer treatment, ensuring we build on our 15 years of pioneering research in this field and help shape how we improve and advance cancer treatment for the future.”


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