Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charities

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We’re on BBC Midlands Today tonight!

September 16, 2011

Viewers of tonight’s programme will be able to hear how a special little girl called Molly has helped the charity raise £2 million to purchase a fantastic new radiotherapy machine at the QE Hospital.

Reporter Sarah Falkland will be talking to Molly Ollerenshaw’s mum Rachel about how worldwide sales of the radiotherapy DVD Molly narrated have enabled the charity to buy a TomoTherapy TomoHD machine.

Sarah will also be finding out how the state-of-the-art new radiotherapy machine will make a difference to the lives of patients with cancer from Stuart Green, Director of Medical Physics and the charity’s Paul Mitchell.

The success of the charity’s QE Cancer Appeal in meeting its first target, means that the QE Hospital is now the first in Europe to have two of these machines, enabling patients with cancer to enjoy a better quality of life during and after treatment.

These special machines benefit patients by offering increased accuracy in radiotherapy treatment, targeting tumours more effectively with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue. This means that bone marrow transplant patients will have fewer side effects from their pre-transplant treatment, those with prostate cancer may have fewer bladder and rectal side effects and many of those with a brain tumour will suffer no hair loss.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is focusing its attention on raising the remaining £3.5 million for another world-leader in radiation therapy systems – CyberKnife.

To find out how you can support our appeal click on the link at the top of the page or visit http://www.qecancerappeal.org/

Molly is on the far right in the picture above.

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“The hospital charity provides those added extras that make a huge difference to the lives of military patients and their families. Thank you for your support”

Harry Wallace

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine staff nurse

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