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Faster analysis

Faster analysis of facial tumours

Autumn 2013

£17,000 to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for improved equipment for cancer detection.

Patients with facial tumours may need part or all of their upper or lower jaw removed.  Following the operation, the tumour is examined under a microscope to determine what further treatment may be needed.  In the current procedure the bone must be treated chemically for 4-6 weeks before it can be dissected and analysed, a much longer waiting time than the 20 days recommended by the Royal College of Pathologists.

This grant provides funds for the purchase of a band saw, which will allow samples to be cut to size so that they can be processed more quickly.  This should improve patient recovery and also reduce the stress of waiting for results.

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