New probe to support cancer patients on the coast
A NEW piece of equipment which measures swelling and enables early detection of lymphoedema has been donated to the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute.
The Delfin D Moisture Meter is particularly useful for patients with breast cancer and head and neck cancers.
The probe, valued at around $7,300, has been donated by the Coffs City Rotary Club thanks to the funds raised in its annual Charity Golf Day in Bonville last November.
Nursing Unit Manager for Cancer Services, Jill Harrington, gratefully accepted the donation.
"It's the first time a hospital on the mid north coast has had access to this probe,” she said.
"We undertook a clinical trial to assess its performance. The results were outstanding.”
The Rotary club also donated software which will collect data and assist the cancer services team with its research into managing side effects of radiation therapy on patients.