Birstall BAGs today announced a £10,000 donation to purchase equipment for use in diagnostic biopsies in the endoscopy department at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Funds raised by Birstall BAGs’ supporters have been used to purchase an ERBE Cryo 2 System – cryotherapy equipment used to take biopsy samples using extreme cold to freeze the tissue. This technique results in better tissue samples for diagnosis or as part of treatment.
Dr Rakesh Panchal, Consultant Respiratory Physician at University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust, said: “We’re very grateful to Birstall BAGs for their fantastic donation of the new updated cryotherapy equipment. This allows the freezing of tissue to obtain larger biopsy specimens for diagnosing a variety of conditions including lung cancer and fibrosis (scarring of the lungs) and also removing tumours that may be blocking the airways and biopsy of lymph nodes too. We will be able to use this equipment in our soon-to-commence deep sedation bronchoscopy lists in our endoscopy suite. This will allow staff to perform a minimally invasive procedure that will allow a more rapid diagnosis and/or therapeutic benefit for patients”.
Emma Shaw from Birstall BAGs commented: “We were delighted to be able to fund the new equipment for the endoscopy department, which will support the diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions, particularly cancers. We’d like to thank our supporters for their efforts in fundraising and attending our events – they have made this donation possible.”
Birstall BAGs operates in and around Birstall and Leicestershire and seeks to bring people together to raise funds to support cancer services used by the local community. The charity also takes every opportunity to raise the profile of cancer, particularly with regard to the signs and symptoms, recognising that early diagnosis of cancer really can save lives. Birstall BAGs works with other local charities like Leicester Hospitals Charity to provide services that support members of the local community who are living with a diagnosis of cancer.