Colonoscopy

Purchase of therapeutic colonoscope

Spring 2008

£31,300 to the James Paget University Hospital for the purchase of a new endoscope.

An endoscope is a flexible instrument used to exam the stomach and large bowel and used to diagnose and treat cancers of the upper and lower gut. More modern endoscopes allow more thorough examination and earlier diagnosis of cancers and pre-cancerous conditions. New equipment will mean doctors will be able to treat cancers earlier, in some cases endoscopically and without the need for major surgery.  Inoperable cancers can be treated endoscopically, for example with a laser, offering relief of distressing symptoms such as being unable to eat or bowel incontinence or blockage. 

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