£350k appeal launched to support breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in Bucks

Breast Biopsy Appeal

Patients from across Buckinghamshire will benefit from our new fundraising appeal. The Breast Biopsy Appeal will support the integrated Breast Unit for Buckinghamshire (based at Wycombe Hospital ) to fund revolutionary 3D technology, transforming diagnosis and treatment for local patients with early breast cancer.

Monies raised will fully equip a second dedicated biopsy suite within the unit with 3D mammography technology. Targeted biopsies will be carried out quicker with pinpoint accuracy, significantly reducing the time patients need to wait from diagnosis to treatment. Importantly this cutting edge equipment will help in diagnosing very small cancers at an early stage, improving prognosis.

Dr Vaishali Gada, Consultant Radiologist commented: “Providing the very best of care for our patients is at the heart of what we do. We are delighted to be working with Scannappeal to raise £350,000 to further expand our services with the introduction of an additional Breast Biopsy Suite. The new equipment will improve patient experience, reduce waiting times and improve workflow for radiologists and radiographers”.

The integrated Breast Unit is a state of the art one stop service where 30,000 patients a year are supported through breast screening and symptomatic care provided by expert clinicians. We have previously supported the Breast Unit to move to digital technology on site at Wycombe Hospital and through mobile units which can be regularly seen touring sites across the local community.

The Facts
• Bucks Integrated Breast Unit is a state of the art one stop breast diagnostic and treatment service
• 30,000 patients from across Bucks are supported every year
• 80-100 patients recalled for assessment following routine screening at the unit
• 500 new symptomatic cases seen each month
• 20-25% of referrals will need image guided biopsy

Scannappeal Director Lisa Trivett is encouraging support of the appeal from within the community “We are really proud to support the Breast Unit with this brand new appeal and hope the local community will join us to raise the money as quickly as possible. Many of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and as the festive season approaches we encourage people to consider making a donation in recognition of the wonderful care we are lucky to benefit from here in Bucks’”.