An £800,000 appeal to provide a new dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been launched by the hospital’s charity.
The Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal was officially launched at The Forum, in Norwich, on Tuesday evening where the ambitious plans were announced by Director of Breast Screening Arne Juette and Consultant Breast Surgeon Simon Pain.
The breast cancer unit has seen an 80% increase in patient numbers over the past five years and numbers are continuing to grow.
While many patients referred to the unit receive same-day diagnostic tests and clinical and imagining assessment, others are unable to be seen on one day and are asked to return for scanning.
Dr Juette said: “We are all acutely aware of the extreme emotional stress which patients experience when delays occur and the uncertainly of whether they will be diagnosed with breast cancer or given the all clear.
“We want to offer the same-day service to every patient, not least to reduce this stress and anxiety faced by patients and their families.
“The new unit would provide this in a purpose-built space with diagnostic and treatment rooms dedicated entirely to breast patients.”
Head of Fundraising at NNUH, Louise Cook, said: “We need everyone to get behind this appeal because breast cancer affects every one of us, it’s as simple as that.
“I don’t know anyone who has not been affected by breast cancer – it may be a family member, friend, colleague who has been diagnosed and the quicker we reach our target, the quicker we can provide the new clinic and equipment.
“We would like to thank everyone who helped us launch our appeal – WhataHoot, Richard Hughes, The Forum, Tesco and Waitrose – and the Eastern Daily Press who are supporting our appeal.”