Tuesday, 22 June 2010
The founder of the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign is to deliver a lecture on ‘The Changing Face of Breast Cancer Care’, at the University of Worcester.
Consultant breast surgeon Steven Thrush initiated the campaign to get a specialist breast screening unit in Worcester, with the support of a small group of trustees and volunteers, in 2007.
Since then the campaign has gathered huge momentum, and was last year adopted as the University of Worcester’s Charity of the Year. The University has raised more than £3,000 over the past 12 months for the campaign, and will present a cheque to Mr Thrush during his visit.
Carole Crowe, Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign has been delighted with the support of the University of Worcester over the past year. Professor Green, staff and students have taken part in a diverse range of events from cake sales through to a sky dive, all to raise funds for a dedicated breast care unit for Worcestershire. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Professor Green, Kate Moss and Jane Barstow for spearheading the University support and of course to all the staff and students who organised or attended events and donated.”
The annual Institute of Health and Society lecture, delivered by Mr Thrush, will take place at the University on Wednesday, June 30 at 5.30pm.
Louise Jones, Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “The University is delighted to have Steven deliver the annual Institute of Health and Society lecture. It promises to be a most interesting lecture. Steven has been instrumental in the campaign to get a much-needed unit available in the City. So many people are affected by breast cancer every year, and this unit will be a huge benefit to the people of Worcestershire.”
Mr Thrush is based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and works as part of a core team, including a specialist breast care nurse, radiologist, oncologist and pathologist. He trained at the Royal Free Medical School in London. His general surgical training was based around several centres of excellence in respect to managing breast diseases. During the latter part of his training he became active in promoting a widening of the breast surgeons’ remit to include Oncoplastic surgery (combining the management of cancer with techniques to minimise disfigurement).