Charity funds help to keep patients on alert

A re-print of alert cards – a credit card sized card given to all patients commencing chemotherapy treatment at the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Royal Preston Hospital – is being funded by our charitable donations.

A year’s supply of new cards costs just £110.75, but their value is huge as Jo Wilkinson, lead chemotherapy acute oncology cancer nurse specialist, explains: “The chemotherapy unit treats approximately 300 patients per week, including around 30 new patients, which means there is always a need for alert cards. Chemotherapy suppresses the immune system so an infection can quickly take an overwhelming hold.

“Patients carry the cards with them all the time. If they do become ill, the cards alert any health professionals treating them to the fact they are undergoing chemotherapy. They then know to look for the signs and symptoms of neutropenic sepsis. This can be a life-threatening condition in cancer patients that occurs because their immune system is weakened by their chemotherapy treatment.”

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful supporters for making this possible!

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