Stereotactic Mammotome Machine A stereotactic mammotome is a way of performing a biopsy of something that is seen on a mammogram but cannot be visualised with an ultrasound. The equipment purchased by the charity allows the patient to lie face down on a special bed with the breast protruding through a hole in the bed surface. The abnormal area can then be identified and accurately biopsied with the mammotome biopsy system. 

Stereotactic Mammotome Machine

A stereotactic mammotome is a way of performing a biopsy of something that is seen on a mammogram but cannot be visualised with an ultrasound. The equipment purchased by the charity allows the patient to lie face down on a special bed with the breast protruding through a hole in the bed surface. The abnormal area can then be identified and accurately biopsied with the mammotome biopsy system. 

Digital Mammography Machine bought together with the Peggy Wood Foundation

Digital mammography uses digital receptors and computers rather than X ray film to create the pictures of breast tissue seen on a mammogram. This means that the pictures are clearer, quicker and easier to read. 

Specialist Photographic record for patients having a breast reconstruction

The charity funded a collection of specialised photographs showing previous breast reconstructions so that breast cancer patients considering reconstruction after a mastectomy are able to see what is involved and the good results that can be achieved. The photograph collection has been of great help in reassuring patients of the good results that can be obtained with reconstruction.

Microbubbles

In patients with breast cancer, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has pioneered the use of injected microbubbles to identify and biopsy sentinel lymph nodes in the breast clinic. The charity helped fund parts of this novel project to help guide surgical planning. If patients are found to have cancer cells in the sentinel lymph nodes, they are usually advised to have a complete axillary lymph node dissection. If the biopsy does not contain cancer cells then patients can proceed with the much smaller surgical sentinel node biopsy. 

Equipment & training for Sentinel node clearance procedure

For many patients with breast cancer, a sentinel node biopsy (rather than a complete lymph node dissection) is now standard practice across the UK. Prior to its implementation at Maidstone Hospital the charity contributed to the training of the surgical team carrying out the procedure

Specialist Photographic record for patients having a breast reconstruction

The charity funded a collection of specialised photographs showing previous breast reconstructions so that breast cancer patients considering reconstruction after a mastectomy are able to see what is involved and the good results that can be achieved. The photograph collection has been of great help in reassuring patients of the good results that can be obtained with reconstruction.