James Brokenshire has welcomed that Queen Elizabeth Hospital now has a £250,000 specialist lung cancer diagnosis machine which means patients will no longer have to travel to Guy’s and St Thomas’ for the procedure.
The new diagnostic machine is an Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) which is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer and other diseases. The machine can both diagnose the type of lung cancer and accurately stage the disease.
James has campaigned for investment in early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer to improve patient outcomes since his diagnosis of lung cancer two years ago which required surgery to remove the upper lobe of his right lung.
This new diagnostic machine is part of the NHS Long Term Plan’s stretching ambitions for cancer which commits to increasing the proportion of cancers diagnosed early from a half to three quarters by 2028 as well as to improve cancer survival rates dramatically by 2028.
Local cancer care has significantly improved since the opening of the Cancer Centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Spring 2017 which is something James long campaigned for so that patients can receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments locally, preventing the need to travel into Central London.
Commenting on the new diagnostic machine, James said:
“I am very pleased that Queen Elizabeth Hospital has received this new diagnostic machine which is another significant boost to cancer care provided locally. I am in no doubt that this new piece of equipment will result in speedier diagnosis and treatment of cancer, thereby improving outcomes, but also meaning patients will no longer have to travel to Central London for this procedure.”
“My own experience highlighted the key role of early diagnosis and speedier treatment of cancer, not least to reduce the worry and sleepless nights that result from knowing something is wrong but also in getting something done about it and subsequently improving outcomes.”