Help us fund this innovative new service, which will dramatically cut surgery times for head and neck cancer by helping us raise £503,501

    3D Surgical Planning Service appeal

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    The 3D Surgical Planning Service has now been funded and is set to offer an amazing service for patients at Addenbrooke’s by being the first hospital in the East of England to have this standard of in-house digital surgical planning. We are immensely grateful to The Alborada Trust for their generous grant to support this new service and would like to thank everyone that has made donations towards this service.

    Every day, 33 people in the UK are diagnosed with head and neck cancer.  For those battling this devastating disease, surgery usually offers the best chance of survival.

    However, this type of surgery is incredibly complex and can require patients to be under general anaesthetic for nine hours or more. This brings a number of associated risks, which for some patients mean surgery is not an option. The sheer length of these procedures also significantly limits the number of patients that can be treated, and this delay could mean the difference between life and death.

    However, new, cutting edge technology means operating times could be dramatically reduced. A new, highly precise scanner combined with specialist modelling software and a 3D printer will allow clinicians to plan complex surgery like never before.

    It will not only dramatically cut surgery times and transform the lives of patients with head and neck cancer, but also for those with facial trauma, dental problems and children born with cleft lip and palate.

    The innovative new service will:

    • Help cut the duration of surgical procedures by up to 60%
    • Reduce average waiting times for surgery by up to 6 weeks
    • Reduce the need for patients to travel to other hospitals
    • Provide even greater accuracy from diagnosis to surgery

    With your help, we can invest in innovations like this that will help clinicians at Addenbrooke’s save and transform lives.

    Please help us fund this service – donate today – thank you.

    To find out more, please contact us at or call 01223 217757.

    Details are correct at time of publishing, E&OE.


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