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Public Health England publishes first ever data on NETs

Public Health England publishes first ever data on NETs The NET Patient Foundation has announced the first ever data briefing from PHE to reflect the numbers of NET patients diagnosed in England. This paper has been put together as a result of work instigated by the NET Patient Foundation to draw up a list of codes…

World NET Day Policy Recommendations Issued

INCA (the International Neuroendocrine Cancer Alliance) have launched a project to raise awareness of NETs in the European Parliament. To tackle the challenges in the management of neuroendocrine tumours, healthcare professionals met with policy makers in the European Parliament on 10 November 2015. The stakeholders marked World Neuroendocrine Tumour Day and presented concrete policy recommendations…

IORT Launch is a Success!

  SOUTHAMPTON CLINICIANS PIONEER USE OF REVOLUTIONARY CANCER DEVICE PLANETS founders Neil Pearce and Brian Stedman, together with fund manager Layla Stephen successfully launched our long awaited IORT machine last night. The Mobetron is the first portable system able to administer the treatment in this way – known as intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) – and will…

IORT Arrives at Southampton!

  PLANETS are thrilled to announce that the eagle (finally) has landed! 2 tons of intra-operative radio-therapy machine (IORT) arrived from the USA this week – currently undergoing acceptance testing. This is the UK’s first ever mobile electron beam radiotherapy machine for treating cancers during surgery. Thanks to everyone who has supported our fundraising which has…

Wessex NET Group Becomes an ENETS European Centre of Excellence for NET Patients

PLANETS are delighted to announce that the bid by the Southampton, Bournemouth and Portsmouth teams to become an ENETS accredited European centre of excellence for management of NET patients has been successful. We are now one of 25 centres across the whole of Europe who have achieved this level of recognition.  Neil Pearce, founder of…

Southampton Aiding Research into Earlier Diagnosis for Pancreatic Cancer

You may have notice that Southampton was mentioned in recent media stories regarding The National Tumour Bank that is carrying out important pancreatic cancer research? Colin Johnson, Professor of Surgical Sciences at University of Southampton, has this to say about the project: ‘The National Tissue Bank is a major development in pancreatic cancer research. Several…

PRRT Delisting Appeal Rejected

We were disappointed to hear this week that the NET Patient Foundation’s appeal to the Cancer Drugs Fund to reinstate Lutathera (PRRT) was unsuccessful. The NET Patient Foundation have released a statement regarding their unsuccessful appeal to reinstate Lutathera. Please click on the link to read the full statement. Consultant Surgeon and PLANETS Founder Neil Pearce…

£10,000 Donation Kick Starts Neuroendocrine Tumour Research

  Neuroendocrine Tumour Research Commences at Southampton We are delighted to announce that PLANETS have received a very generous donation of £10,000! The donor wishes to remain anonymous but we are obviously extremely grateful for their support which will go partly towards our IORT mission but will mainly kick-start a very exciting neuroendocrine research project….

New research into the spread of pancreatic cancer begins at University of Southampton

New research into the spread of cancerous cells, funded by PLANETS , Pancreatic Cancer UK and the Masonic Samaritan Fund, is under way at the University of Southampton. Dr Jo Tod is leading the two-year, full-time research programme to investigate how proteins on the surface of cancerous cells encourage those cells to spread, and how…

Pancreatic Cancer UK Announce Joint Research Project with PLANETS

PLANETS Charitable Fund are excited to have joined forces with Pancreatic Cancer UK to provide a grant over a two year period for a pancreatic research project: ́The role of Eps8 in αvβ6-dependent functions in pancreatic cancer invasion’ to be undertaken by Dr Jo Tod. Jo Tod graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine, London,…