Fight against breast cancer stepped up

Funds raised through the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer have been used to purchase two advanced breast cancer surgery tools being used at Campbelltown Hospital. 

Thanks Macarthur: Campbelltown Hospital acting general manager Chris Leahy, 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur chairman Fred Borg, Dr Andrew Ong, and Peri-Operative ward nurse unit manager Louise Scott with the new breast cancer surgery tool purchased through funds raised at the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer.

Thanks Macarthur: Campbelltown Hospital acting general manager Chris Leahy, 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur chairman Fred Borg, Dr Andrew Ong, and Peri-Operative ward nurse unit manager Louise Scott with the new breast cancer surgery tool purchased through funds raised at the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer.

The wireless Neoprobe Node Systems find the spread of breast cancer into the lymph nodes during surgery on breast cancer patients.

Campbelltown Hospital acting general manager Chris Leahy said surgeons will now be given a cleaner, more streamlined approach during surgery.

“The probes in the machine are equipped with a narrower detection field, which means surgeons can make smaller incisions to remove the lymph nodes and allow patients a more comfortable recovery with less swelling,” he said.

“We are extremely grateful to the Macarthur community for continuing to raise funds through the 24 Fight Against Cancer to help us purchase state-of-the-art equipment like this.”

The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur — held in October each year and sponsored by the Advertiser — raised funds for the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, the Oncology Ward and the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit at Campbelltown Hospital, as well as the Palliative Care Unit and associated outreach services at Camden Hospital.

24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur chairman Fred Borg said the committee was proud that every dollar raised — now up to $3 million — stayed in Macarthur.

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