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Generous donation to revolutionise treatment for breast cancer patients

A generous donation of £20,300 presented to Nottingham Hospitals Charity will help to change the way some breast cancer patients receive treatment – improving the experience and outlook for people with the disease.

The funds, received from the Carol Harrison Cancer Research Charitable Trust will help to fund ground-breaking research into personalised cancer treatment by Consultant Oncologist, Dr Stephen Chan, at Nottingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Chan says: “The purpose of our research is to identify patientswith a specific type of cancer (called triple negative breast cancer) and treat them according to their tumour’s response to a particular treatment, such as chemotherapy. This means we can tailor our approach to individual patients and help them to avoid unpleasant side effects wherever possible.”

He adds: “We want to select the treatment that is most likely to secure the cure for our patients. Using detailed profiling of the individual tumour in people with triple negative breast cancer, and its molecular changes during chemotherapy and other targeted therapy, we are able to fully personalise treatment to a specific patient. Our research is helping to change the way we treat people with this type of cancer, however we need to continue to build on our findings and this generous donation will help us to do this.”

The £20,300 cheque was recently presented to Dr Chan and Nottingham Hospitals Charity by the Trustees of the Carol Harrison Cancer Research Charitable Trust at the Nottingham Breast Institute.

David Harrison set up the Carol Harrison Cancer Research Charitable Trust in memory of his wife Carol, who sadly lost her battle to cancer in 2011. He says: “Dr Chan’s research into breast cancer and particularly triple negative breast cancer, which is what Carol had suffered from, is so vital.” 

“It has been a big challenge to raise this money but we know it is going to be used for something that will really make a difference,” he adds. “The Trustees and I are pleased to be able to help fund Dr Chan’s research; he was Carol’s Oncology Consultant and offered such personal support and compassion to both Carol and myself. The Trustees were disappointed not to have been in a position to donate the additional £6,000. However, we will be doing more in the hope of meeting the total cost. ”

The Carol Harrison Cancer Research Charitable Trust organised a host of different events to raise money for the hospital, ranging from gruelling physical challenges such as the 190 mile Wainwright Coast to Coast walk and the West to East Coast cycle ride, to a charity garden party/cream tea and farmers charity dinner raffle.

Head of Fundraising and Communications for Nottingham Hospitals Charity, Jenny Wing, says: “David and his supporters should be very proud of what they have achieved and the money they have raised. This donation will help make a big difference to patients with breast cancer in the East Midlands and I would like to thank everyone involved for this generous donation to the charity and Dr Chan’s research.”

Nottingham Hospitals Charity aims to raise £50,000 each year for breast cancer research at Nottingham Hospitals, aiming to improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer – and ultimately save lives.

If you would like to support this appeal, or you are interesting in finding out more about the work of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, then please visit: or call 0115 962 7905.


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