Radioactive treatment used with remarkable results
Maureen McKenzie was the first patient in Southampton to receive a new type of radioactive treatment.
Doctors in Southampton had been trying to secure funding to offer the highly specialised targeted radioactive treatment known as peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT).
This equipment has just been jointly purchased thanks to PLANETS charitable fund (part of Southampton Hospital Charity) and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, the trust which runs Southampton General Hospital.
Maureen, 70, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after falling ill in 2013. “The treatment was absolutely brilliant. I cannot fault it. I know that what I have isn’t curable, but it is treatable and I am more positive about the future now I can see the results.”
The initial scan after the first treatment showed how the PRRT has already hit the humour ‘hotspots’ in Maureen’s body, and further scans showed it was continuing to work after subsequent treatment.
Further patients have since undergone PRRT and the expectation is that the service can be expanded to treat more patients.
Maureen has returned to her part-time shop job in Lymington and is even planning to take part in Southampton Hospital Charity’s abseil down the Spinnaker Tower as long as she gets the all clear from her doctors!
Last updated: 14/1/14