RadCan Update – Summer 2014

Each year around 300 cancer patients have to travel from the Basingstoke area to either Guildford or Southampton and sometimes even London for radiotherapy treatment. This represents around 7,500 sessions of treatment and may involve daily return journeys five days a week for up to six weeks! All this at a time when patients are likely to be already at a very low ebb.

In 2012 a firm commitment was made by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that a state of the art cancer centre would be provided in the North Hampshire area. The exact location is not yet known but in the meantime an interim Radiotherapy Unit has been built on the Basingstoke Hospital site. RadCan is a truly local charity and all of our current fundraising efforts will support the new unit.

New Radiotherapy Unit

The new Radiotherapy Unit will be open to patients in June 2014 and will treat around 40% of cancer patients from the Basingstoke area. RadCan Trustees recently visited the new unit and were very impressed with the equipment, the staff and the general ambience.


In December RadCan contributed £104,000 towards the £450,000 cost of a CT Scanner for the new unit and in March we spent £7,593 on a Bladder Scanner and £5,000 to sponsor a garden.

Our founder Paulline Williams with Debra Morgan of The AA in the seating area of the summer gardenWe are now raising funds to purchase a piece of equipment called a Respiratory Motion Phantom which is a state-of-the-art breathing simulator for conducting quality assurance testing on radiotherapy systems. When the system downloads patient respiratory waveforms to the phantom it is possible to simulate the breathing function. The outcome is that the impact of the tumor motion is reduced and the treatment is more accurate and less likely to damage adjoining organs such as the heart. The equipment can be used in the treatment of lung, breast and prostate cancer.

The equipment will cost in the region of £43,000 to £45,000. RadCan has already raised £30,000 and we need your help to raise the rest.

The purchase of the motion phantom will put the Basingstoke Radiotherapy Unit in the top ten units in the country.

Please visit the How You Can Help page  for details on ways you can support our work.

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Organ Recital – Andrew Benson-Wilson

In Aid Of RadCan
European Organ Music 1600 to 1750

SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2014 – 3.00 pm

Andrew Benson-WilsonAndrew Benson-Wilson specialises in the performance of early organ music, ranging from early 14th and 15th century manuscripts to composers of the late Classical period. His playing is informed by experience of historic organs, an understanding of period performance techniques and by several internationally renowned teachers. Andrew’s concerts have ranged from the prestigious London concert hall of St John’s, Smith Square to a tiny 17th century chamber organ in a medieval castle in Croatia. According to one reviewer, his St John’s, Smith Square recital ”proved to be one of the most rewarding organ recitals heard in London in years, an enthralling experience”.

The Ledsham Memorial Organ at All Saints Parish Church was designed and built by Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn in 2011

The recital will be followed by afternoon tea – proceeds to RadCan (Charity No. 1140906) Click here to download an application form or click here to download a poster for the event.

RadCan is raising funds to provide equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit at Basingstoke Hospital

Further details and tickets may be obtained from Margaret Porter (Treasurer Radcan) Tel: 02380 230649 or Peter Heath (RadCan Trustee) Tel. 01256 327713

Venue: All Saints Parish Church, The Bury, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1LZ
(there is limited parking in The Bury Car Park, 32 spaces in Deer Park View Car Park off the High Street and parking on the High Street itself)

Ticket price £12 including refreshments (children half price)