FRCR leads Cancer Challenge winning team

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Congratulations to Dr Sam Hare, Consultant Thoracic Radiologist (pictured holding trophy) and colleagues from Barnet Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for winning the first ever NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Cancer. The £100,000 awarded will help further develop the innovative ambulatory way of performing lung biopsies pioneered by the team. Their new method allows patients to leave hospital just 30 minutes after undergoing the potentially life-saving test – rather than the minimum four-hour stay common in other hospitals.

By adopting new techniques and using portable equipment, the Trust has increased ten-fold the number of biopsies it undertakes each year, giving more patients early diagnosis as well as access to the latest lung cancer treatments. By drastically reducing the number of people being admitted as in-patients following biopsy the service has also slashed its costs by around 90% per patient.

With lung cancer screening becoming an ever more likely prospect in the UK, putting an ambulatory lung biopsy infrastructure in place means radiologists and other clinicians will be better prepared. Read more.

Photo caption: [l-r] Ben Lucas (Business Unit Director of Oncology at MSD), Joanna Cottam (Cancer Programme Policy Lead at NHS England), Dr Ashish Saini (Consultant Interventional Radiologist), Dr Sam Hare (Consultant Thoracic Radiologist), Dr Dean Creer (Consultant Chest Physician), Dr Aniket Tavare (Radiology SpR in training)