Prostate Cancer UK impressed by Southend visit
27 November 2017
Representatives from Prostate Cancer UK recently took the opportunity to visit Southend University Hospital to experience the full range of prostate cancer services available at the Trust and explore the patient pathway.
Prostate Cancer UK had heard about the great work in prostate
cancer diagnostics which has been taking place at Southend over the
last few years, in particular the successful integration of multi
parametric MRI scanning (mpMRI) before biopsy.
The Southend prostate cancer team members guided their guests
through the full multi-disciplinary pathway, sharing skills and
experiences from cancer specialist nurses, surgeons, radiographers,
pathologists, radiologists and oncologists.
Leanne Creighton, Change Delivery Senior Officer, and Kirsty
Henderson, Senior Policy Officer, from Prostate Cancer UK, also got
to see the hospital's £540,000 state-of-the-art brachytherapy
suite that opened last year.
Leanne and Kirsty were impressed by what they saw. Leanne said:
"We met so many amazing people working across the prostate cancer
care pathway; it's been great to see first-hand the care in action
and how it all works at Southend."
Kirsty added: "It's been great to speak to all the different
clinicians and a prostate cancer patients about their experience at
Southend. It's immensely valuable to hear and observe."
Those members of the prostate cancer team included cancer
specialist nurses, surgeons, radiographers, radiologists and
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with around
one in eight getting prostate cancer at some point in their lives.
Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with this form of cancer every year
in the UK and in 2016-2017 nearly 350 cancer patients were seen at
Southend from right across Essex, as Southend is the specialist
One of the many dedicated members of staff Leanne and
Kirsty met was Dr Sidath Liyanage, Radiology Consultant at the
hospital, who arranged the showcase tour for Prostate Cancer UK. He
said: "This was a great opportunity to promote the hospital and the
excellent work being done to combat prostate cancer at
The hope is now that Southend University Hospital and Prostate
Cancer UK will be able to look at more ways of working closely