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Mobile unit for cancer patients
A mobile chemotherapy unit has become operational in Gloucestershire.

Cancer patients in Cirencester and Ross-on-Wye can now have chemotherapy closer to home by using the 150,000 state-of-the-art unit.

The equipment will be run by the oncology team from the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It is hoped the unit will eventually travel around Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire offering more patients there treatment.

Until now patients have had to travel to the Oncology Centre at Cheltenham.

The unit is capable of treating five people on board at any one time - up to 20 patients a day.

The cost of the new unit was raised by the Gloucestershire-based charity Hope for Tomorrow which was set up by Christine Mills, of Tetbury, whose husband David lost his fight against cancer in 2002.

Dr Sean Elyan, Medical Director at the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Consultant Oncologist, said: "It is our vision that the mobile chemotherapy unit will bring treatment closer to the homes of cancer patients, reducing the burden on them and their families."




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