The development has seen a room transformed into a dedicated research facility for Cornwall’s cancer patients all of which has been made possible through the generous donations of supporters to the Cornwall Cancer Research Fund of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.
Dr Duncan Wheatley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital explained the importance of the facility not just locally but on a national scale,
“We have an extremely active and dedicated cancer research team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. We are keen to offer our patients the opportunity to have the latest cutting edge treatments. With their help we have become one of the leading recruiters to cancer trials in the UK. This has led to many important new treatments being developed,” he said.
“We are now routinely chosen to take part in many studies due to the dedication and hard work of the team and patients. However a rate limiting step has become space to see patients and administer the extra treatments. The opening of the Horizon suite will help overcome this problem, to the benefit of many more patients. The studies we take part in not only affect the Cornish population but have an impact all over the world. We thank all those involved in making this happen,” added Dr Wheatley.
The Horizon Suite was opened at an official ceremony by volunteers from the Marazion Cancer Shop. The shop has supported the Cornwall Cancer Research Charity Fund over recent years and their donations have funded research staff and vital equipment which brings massive patient benefit. The volunteers presented cheques to the charity fund of over £30,000 at the event. The Marazion Cancer Shop has donated £143,000 to the Cornwall Cancer Research Charity Fund since 2012.