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Breast care group's £2,500 gift is bringing relief for cancer patients

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 23, 2012

From left, St Michael's Breast Care Group members Barbara Hymns, Margaret Gardener using the LymphAssist machine, Anna Burton and Lys Baker, with occupational therapist Chris Jones.

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FUNDRAISERS in Hayle have donated specialist equipment to the Royal Cornwall Hospital to help breast cancer patients.

The St Michael's Breast Care Group has donated a LymphAssist compression machine, costing around £2,500.

This donation, part-funded by the St Ives Round Table, is one of many the group has made to the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust over the years, totalling around £50,000.

The group was formed in 1995 to support women during breast cancer treatment and its 40 or so members have all been affected by the disease.

"As we're all women who have been in hospital, we appreciated all the support we received," said Anna Burton, who lives near Marazion.

"Raising money to purchase equipment like the LymphAssist compression machine is a way to give back and show support for women going through similar experiences.

"When we get together, we always have a good laugh and we also meet up for a range of social events, such as barbecues and trips away. Partners are also welcome to come to our social events, as they're often forgotten about during the difficult times; they need support just as much as the person suffering from cancer."

The machine has an arm and leg sleeve with an inflate/ deflate system to massage the lymph glands, encouraging drainage. Such machines have been around for a while, but this one mimics being massaged by hand; this would normally take about 40 minutes, but the machine only takes 15.

RCHT occupational therapist Chris Jones said: "Many patients have already benefited from having this machine available; it's great we're able to offer this to our patients."

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