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Last Updated: Friday, 5 May 2006, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Cancer centre planned for county
Cancer patients could soon receive chemotherapy treatment in Herefordshire, cutting out the long trip to Cheltenham for their treatment.

Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Relief have joined together to raise money to build a new cancer unit in the city.

Macmillan estimates it will need to raise at least 1.5m to help fund the 3.4m treatment centre.

The new centre will allow the majority of patients to be treated on site.

The nearest cancer unit is in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 40 miles (63km) away from Hereford.

'Superb facilities'

A spokesman for Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust said the project would make a huge difference to people living in the area.

"The new unit will offer superb facilities for the diagnosis, treatment and support of cancer patients and will also allow the majority to receive chemotherapy on site, preventing lengthy travels to the cancer centre at Cheltenham."

Fundraising will take at least 18 months and it is hoped the building will be ready in two years time.

A site has not yet been chosen.


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