Scannappeal’s supporters have helped provide equipment which has made a difference to patients like these ……
A 55-year-old lady found a new breast lump. Investigations confirmed the diagnosis of breast cancer. She underwent removal of the cancer and lymph node biopsy. The lymph node was tested during the operation and found to contain cancer cells. The surgeon immediately proceeded to remove further lymph nodes thus avoiding the need for a second operation. She saw an oncologist 2 weeks later and chemotherapy started soon after.
Mr B, 70, has been fit and well until he has a sudden blackout when on his usual walk. The doctor in casualty notes a heart murmur and refers him for an urgent heart scan. He is found to have a critically narrowed heart valve, has urgent surgery and is able to return to his active lifestyle.
Mrs D, 45, has a sudden stroke while sitting watching TV. She is referred for a heart scan that shows a hole in the heart that had not been diagnosed before. This is successfully closed with a small ‘umbrella’ reducing her risk of further strokes.
A 68-year-old lady passes blood in her urine. Her GP recommends urgent investigations and refers her to the urology department. They arrange a cystoscopy and scans within a week, which show a small bladder tumour. She undergoes successful surgery to deal with this one week later.
A 62-year-old man is found to have a high PSA level raising the possibility of prostate cancer. He has a biopsy from which the tissue specimen is processed using the rapid processor. He is told that the biopsy is clear after just 48 hours; previously he would have waited two weeks for the ‘all clear’.
A 54-year-old gentleman with a cough and weight loss is found to have a large lymph gland beneath the main wind pipe. Bronchoscopic ultrasound allows careful visualisation and biopsy of the gland, which reveals tuberculosis as the cause of his symptoms and that the enlarged gland has no evidence of cancer. He makes a full recovery after a long course of antibiotics.
A 62-year-old lady has a single lung cancer in one lung. A scan shows an enlarged lymph gland adjacent to the lung raising the possibility of cancer spreading to the gland (making the chances of a cure less likely). Bronchoscopic ultrasound allows biopsy of the gland, which shows no cancerous cells, and she undergoes surgery to remove the lung cancer with good results.
After Ellen is born she stays blue and a serious heart condition is suspected which needs urgent expert assessment by a specialist. Doctors at the hospital where she is born use a sophisticated ultrasound scanner to examine her heart and show these pictures in real time via televised imaging to the expert cardiologists many miles away. A firm diagnosis is made. She will need an operation in the near future, but some medical treatment is started to keep her well. Plans are made for her transfer to a specialist surgeon. Ellen has benefited from an early diagnosis and needs just one trip for the necessary surgical treatment. After the operation her progress is monitored in a clinic at her local hospital where she has repeat ultrasound scans of her heart at each visit.
These are just a few examples of the range of patients who have used our equipment in recent years. Currently, every 10 minutes someone in the local area is diagnosed or treated with equipment funded by Scannappeal in the past – please help us continue our work for the future.