One of the smaller projects we’ve funded recently is the printing of Chemotherapy Alert Cards – a double sided, credit card sized card given to all patients commencing chemotherapy treatment at the Rosemere Cancer Centre.
These cards are intended to be given to medical staff if the patient becomes ill, particularly if they’re unable to explain their condition.
Lead chemotherapy acute oncology cancer nurse specialist Jo Wilkinson explains: “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.”
Although the cards only cost £80 for a year’s supply to be printed, they have the potential to save lives!
Posted on 9 Feb 2020