“FROM every sandwich and cup of tea they sell in the League of Friends Cafe at the Alex you can trace a direct line through to some of the world’s experts in treating prostate cancer.”
That was the verdict of consultant urologist Paul Rajjayabun as he unveiled a brand new state-of-the-art prostate cancer diagnosis machine at the Alex.
Costing in the region of £110,000, the lion’s share of was raised by the Alex’s League of Friends through their coffee shop and cafe, raffles and sales.
“Prostate cancer is a huge issue and with people like Rod Stewart and Stephen Fry being affected the number of requests for investigations has skyrocketed,” said Mr Rajjayabun.
“We have tried to match this demand and this diagnostic machine provided by the Friends enables us to take far more samples and more accurately than ever before.”
He added that prostate cancer can be as benign as a domestic cat or as aggressive as a tiger and the machine can help confirm the right treatment path for the patient.
An added bonus is that the equipment dramatically reduces the risk of the patient contracting sepsis.
Samples taken are analysed by a specialist laboratory in Harley Street in London.
“Previously we had to hire this kit at £3,000 a day, but now we have brought it in-house it has revolutionised our approach,” said Mr Rajjayabun.
The Alex is already a leader in urology procedures with one of the hospital’s trainee registrar’s picking up a top award for a paper on advances in diagnostic techniques.
Another paper from the Alex team gave a presentation in Athens which brought the hospital to the attention of the some of the world’s leading urologists.
“Organisations like the Lions, Rotary and of course the League of Friends make such a difference to patient care, and we are really grateful for all they do,” said Mr Rajjayabun.