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PRRT Article

 

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UHS magazine Connect featured a fantastic article about NET patient Maureen McKenzie who, in July 2013, became the first Southampton patient to receive PRRT (peptide receptor radionuclide therapy). The equipment for this treatment was jointly funded by UHS and PLANETS showing just how important and valuable the fundraising is.

The grandmother-of-five underwent surgery at Southampton General Hospital last year and had a massive tumour removed from her pancreas, along with half her liver, under consultant hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgeon Neil Pearce.

Maureen says “the treatment was absolutely brilliant; I cannot fault it,” The initial scan after the first treatment showed how the PRRT had already hit the tumour “hotspots” in Maureen’s body – while another scan following the second treatment, four months later, showed it was continuing to work.“I was delighted as I could see a hotspot on my thigh had gone and other areas were faded,” said Maureen.“I feel extremely fortunate to have been the first person in Southampton to have this treatment.“For me, having PRRT wasn’t a difficult decision. Everyone has been so supportive and having it here in Southampton has saved me making a trek up to London to have the treatment in unfamiliar surroundings.“I know that what I have isn’t curable, but it is treatable – and I am more positive about the future now as I can see the results.” Describing the care as “second to none”, she paid tribute to the team in Southampton’s nuclear medicine department who looked after her before, during and after the treatment. Dr Francis Sundram, consultant and clinical lead for nuclear medicine, leads the PRRT team. Together, they have worked tirelessly to introduce this novel therapy to Southampton.In particular, Maureen said Emma Ramsey, NET specialist nurse, was “absolutely A1”.“The whole team are superb but I would really like to thank Emma for her support; she is like my right arm,”

Read full magazine article in the SUHT Connect Magazine.

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