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Early diagnosis saves lives Issue 48 Winter 2019

Could next generation imaging for prostate cancer transform patient care?


We welcome NICE announcement on MRI A proposal by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommending the greater use of MRI scanning in prostate cancer will spare thousands of people the fate of having an unnecessary or needlessly painful biopsy, according to doctors at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre. NICE has

announced it recommends noninvasive MRI scans as a first-line investigation for all patients with suspected prostate cancer. Importantly, MRI also shows which patients are unlikely to have the deadly form of the disease. The test has been available at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre for over a decade.

A little bit about your charity Paul Strickland Scanner giving patients the Centre is an independent opportunity of a medical charity based at healthier future. Mount Vernon Hospital, We receive no a specialist cancer government funding. centre in Greater London. Legacies and We provide comprehendonations help fund sive scanning services to new scanners, which the NHS and private have to be replaced health sectors for the every 3 – 5 years, so Claire Strickland, diagnosis, treatment patients benefit from Chief Executive monitoring and research world-class scanning of cancer and other serious technology. conditions, using leading edge PET/CT, MRI and CT scanners. We offer the highest-quality imaging 01923 886315 services with specialist staff to  Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, deliver excellence to all patients Mount Vernon Hospital, and clinicians. Every year we Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2RN undertake more than 17,000 scans Registered charity no. 298867


Time to rise to the challenge Challenge yourself in the new year to achieve something you have never done before, while raising money for us! We have various opportunities to take part in some amazing events, so wherever your interest lies, we have something for you, be it walking, running, cycling or swimming. For example:

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (26-27 April 2019)

This exciting and rewarding challenge will have you trekking over the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks within a period of just 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route is extremely scenic and provides

spectacular views over the Yorkshire countryside. While it lasts just one day, this challenge should not be taken lightly as the terrain is extremely varied, involving some steep ascents and descents. Participants can expect to almost cover a marathon distance by foot – but in just a matter of hours.


Grand Prize Draw

the challenge?

Get sponsored to walk the Great Wall of China for us.

Walk the Great Wall of China series of vigorous climbs totalling (September 2019) over 10,000 uneven steps. The trek Appropriately named one of the “New Wonders of the World”, the Great Wall of China was originally constructed to defend China against nomadic tribes, and the trek is a thrilling challenge of twists, turns, ups and downs. Beginning four hours north of Beijing, this week-long challenge tackles a

will follow the winding path along the Yan Mountains to the Gubeikou Gateway and takes on the famous “heavenly staircase”. Exhaustion will quickly be replaced with wonder as you savour the sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Contact us now to register or find out more.


Imaging the future Could greater use of advanced imaging techniques improve patients’ lives and save the NHS money?


and went to only a few exhibits from over 2,000 entries. Amongst other reater awareness and use of advanced imaging techniques – like advanced imaging techniques, the those being pioneered at Paul Strick- exhibit covered the benefits of a valand Scanner Centre — may be able riety of non-standard PET-CT tracers to improve patients’ lives and save as well as whole-body MRI scanning the NHS money, according to a con- techniques which are used at Paul sultant radiologist at Paul Strickland Strickland Scanner Centre. Scanner Centre. Dr Lakhani credited trainee Dr Dr Amish Lakhani, Consultant Onco- Neeral Patel (from Imperial College logical and Genitourinary RadioloHealthcare NHS Trust), who he sugist and our Lead for Training, repervises, as well as his colleagues at cently scooped a major award for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre: ProPaul Strickland Scanner Centre. He fessor Anwar Padhani, Dr Wai-Lup led on production of an educational Wong, Dr Kathryn Wallitt, Dr Andrew exhibit titled “Next Generation Imag- Gogbashian and Dr Heminder Sokhi. ing in Advanced Prostate Cancer: An Dr Amish Lakhani said: “We’re at a Overview”. It was awarded a prestig- turning point in radiology, where ious “Magna Cum Laude” prize at we’re now developing advanced imthe Radiological Society of North aging techniques which could have America (RSNA) Annual Meeting in real impact on patient care.” Chicago last December, which was “We’ve been offering patients CT, attended by more than 50,000 radi- PET-CT and MRI scans for a number ologists, oncologists and associated of years but in the last 10 years professionals. The Magna Cum we’ve developed and adopted adLaude award is the highest honour vanced imaging techniques which for an educational exhibit at RSNA are far superior and have the capa-

6 bility to show disease much earlier. conventional imaging techniques This may allow the patient’s oncol- initially – ultimately we may be ogist to choose treatments more saving a lot more money because appropriately which is extremely we’ll be able to stop some patients important as we move towards an receiving ineffective treatments, era of precision medicine for cansome of which cost tens of thoucer patients – that is where the sands of pounds a year. right patient receives the right “Another issue is that patients who treatment, at the right time, for the are not identified through adright duration.” vanced imaging techniques as getDr Lakhani believes ting worse on treatthat greater use of ment could develop advanced imaging serious oncological techniques in the complications such NHS would be better as worsening bone for patients, allowing metastases (their them to have more cancer spreading to personalised treatthe bone). This can ments. cause pain and seriHe said: “Patients are ous problems such Dr Amish Lakhani often receiving very as spinal cord comexpensive treatments but older, pression which means they may more conventional imaging methlose feelings in their arms or legs ods may not always pick up quickly and might need hospital admisenough when patients are getting sions or even life-long nursing care. better or worse, or need changes to If the health care system invests their treatment. In healthcare, we’re now in earlier and more effective therefore spending a lot of money diagnostics with the advanced imon treatments that may not be efaging techniques we are fortunate fective. However, by using adenough to offer routinely at Paul vanced imaging techniques such Strickland Scanner Centre, we may as whole-body MRI or PET-CT with be able to spare patients these novel tracers – even though they problems and as a bonus save the may be more expensive than the NHS money in the long-term. At the


8 moment the NHS has limited resources and capacity for these advanced imaging techniques. “Most NHS trusts are struggling to cope with the demand just for their routine CT and MRI scans, let alone advanced imaging. “We’re very fortunate at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, where we have the latest scanners as well as a team of highly-skilled radiographers and radiologists, who are able to dedicate time to scanning and interpreting these novel imaging techniques. Although our NHS patients are mainly referred from

our local hospitals, we also scan self-funding and private patients, including from abroad as we are world-renowned in the field of advanced imaging – in particular for prostate cancer." All the money raised from these scans is ploughed back into meeting our charitable objectives. Dr Lakhani is calling for greater awareness of advanced imaging techniques amongst doctors as well as government and NHS policy makers. He would also like to see more funding available for research, to determine how in partic-

What our educational exhibit about next generation imaging for prostate cancer demonstrated Next generation imaging with whole body MRI and PSMA PET-CT can detect metastases (where cancer has spread) to soft tissue and bone with higher sensitivity than conventional scans.

Early detection of metastases and therapy resistance with advanced imaging techniques can improve treatment.

Next generation imaging solutions are better at assessing how well

patients are responding to their treatment and/or whether it should be changed or additional treatments should be tried. This should boost the use and development of targeted therapies which attack cancer cells based on their unique genetic traits.

Pearls and pitfalls in the interpretation of next generation imaging techniques in assessing advanced prostate cancer.

9 ular whole-body MRI could help improve patient care and potentially save the NHS money in the longterm. He said: “Through our educational exhibit at RSNA last December we aimed to educate the wider healthcare community about the benefits of these advanced imaging techniques. We are extremely pleased that it was well received and awarded a prestigious Magna Cum Laude award.”

niques can be used effectively in the era of personalised medicine for cancer patients. With further research and advancement in these fields we may be able to develop objective measures to quantify how well patients are responding to their treatment, based on their scans.”

Donations play a vital role in our work to help bring about Thinking about the future real advances in prostate Dr Lakhani is full of hope for the cancer treatment and care. Find future. He said: “We are just at the out how you can support us at start of this exciting journey of how next-generation imaging techget-involved

Become a champion The Champions are a new group

of supporters and volunteers who months will be invited to our regular Three after treatment coffee mornings, and possible other social events that may be organised. Attendance is completely optional, but as a Champion you will receive more information from us. We would also ask that Champions help us in any way they are able to, for

example with promotion of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre through sharing publicity of our events, organising their own events, or volunteering to help with fundraising events and activities. Please indicate on the donation form if you would like to become a Champion. Alternatively, ring or email us (details on Page 2).


Your fundraising round-up Vanessa Bradford sold beanie hats made by her mother and raised £160 with the help of friends and colleagues at Herts County Council. Charlotte Doyle is the current lady captain at West Herts Golf Club. Lead Research Radiographer Vicki Major spoke at her Charity Launch event in November, helping to launch a successful year of fundraising. A Christmas Fair was organised by volunteer Sandra Caine in the Kate Fassnidge Hall in Northwood. Quiz night at The Fairway Inn in November with Guy Allen as quiz master raised a total of over £1,100. The annual Friends Christmas Lunch was held at Uxbridge Golf Club and £166 was raised from the raffle. Southbourne Women’s Institute raised £120 from carol singing in Eastcote. Once again our volunteers helped us to wrap presents at INTU shopping centre in Uxbridge, raising a total of

£516 which will be match-funded by Barclays. June and Jacky Nickless, with the help of some friends and family members, raised over £800 throughout the year by holding stalls at various events including Sarratt Village Market and The Barn Hotel Christmas Fair. Janet Perry and her friends raised £666 from selling knitted characters that they had made and sold throughout the year.

Birthdays and anniversaries

If you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up and would like to ask your friends and family for donations to your favourite charity instead of presents, there are easy ways to do so. Cathy Williams raised £270 by creating a facebook fundraising page, or you can set up a page on BT Mydonate or Justgiving – full instructions provided on both websites.


Join us for our annual Chenies Spring Walk in May.

Upcoming events for your diary Quiz Night Friday 1 March 2019, 7.30pm, The Fairway Inn, Rickmansworth. Teams of six, £15pp includes supper. Bridge Drive Wednesday 10 April 2019, 11am, Moor Park Golf Club; £25pp Includes coffee and lunch. Format will be Chicago Bridge. Chenies Spring Walk Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019 11am; £10 pp (or £8 in advance). 10km (6.2mile) circular walk with options for shortcuts. Ticket price includes free

entry to the tulip gardens at Chenies Manor after 2pm on the day. Plant and Cake Sale Monday 20 May 9am, Mount Vernon Hospital. Head Gardener from Royal Ascot will be there to answer any of your gardening queries, and delicious cakes for sale. Golf Day Tuesday 4 June 2019 10am at Denham Golf Club. £100 pp which includes breakfast rolls, and a carvery meal. Shotgun start followed by raffle and auction.

Email or ring 01923 886315 to book, or to get more information about any of our fundraising events. Book online now at

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