Pancreatic Cancer UK is encouraging people with advanced pancreatic cancer in Middlesbrough to find out more about a pioneering clinical trial at The James Cook University Hospital, which is offering a new combination of treatments which could ultimately allow patients to live for longer. The new HALO 301 trial could offer patients with pancreatic cancer that has spread outside the pancreas, a potential new treatment option for a disease which currently has very few treatments.
The Tees valley’s biggest hospital has been recognised as one of the leading UK centres in creating the “next generation” of senior NHS doctors. Dr Mahir Hamad, Consultant Physician and Clinical Director for Acute Medicine, is to receive a prestigious award recognising South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s achievement in enabling 270 junior doctors each year to take a vital clinical practice exam at The James Cook University Hospital.
Olivia Fairclough hit the headlines last year when she was left paralysed following a horse riding accident in Egypt and her brother Trevor launched a fundraising campaign to get her home. On hearing about Olivia’s situation on BBC Tees, Professor Stephen Bonner, clinical director of critical care, contacted Trevor and offered to help with the repatriation.
Every year more than 2,500 patients are treated in the intensive care units at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital following life-threatening critical illness. Former critical care patients and relatives have joined up with local health professionals to run the ICU Steps Tees support group.