What is SABR?
Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), is a highly focused radiation treatment that gives an intense dose of radiation concentrated on a tumour, while limiting the dose to the surrounding organs. SABR delivers radiotherapy in fewer, higher intensity visits, improving patient experience and clinical outcomes including overall survival.
SABR for Worcestershire patients
Since 2015 SABR has been piloted in 17 UK radiotherapy centres and is now being introduced into every UK radiotherapy centre. The Radiotherapy unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital requires further equipment that would benefit SABR delivery and this is where Worcestershire Acute
Hospitals Charity can help.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity is fundraising to provide the radiotherapy team with two
abdominal compressors to be used during SABR treatment. Abdominal compression works by pressing on the patient’s abdomen and reducing their movement as they breathe. Less movement means a more targeted area can be treated. By reducing the area of the body
that is subjected to radiotherapy, it reduces the potential side effects for the patient, which can include chronic shortness of breath, cough and fatigue.
The cost for an abdominal
compression unit is £12,000 and the
Oncology team require 2 units.
Once the target is met the equipment can be purchased immediately and be ready for use for patients within two months.