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WIMAT offers first Welsh EBUS lung cancer course

This innovative ultrasound procedure promotes best practice for the treatment of lung cancer patients in Wales.

On Tuesday 11th December 2012, WIMAT, Cardiff University, who are based at Cardiff Medcientre will be hosting the first Introduction to EBUS course in to ever be held in Wales.

The course, to be held at University Hospital, Llandough, will train higher respiratory trainees from hospitals throughout Wales and the UK on the role of the EBUS procedure; the Endobronchial Ultrasound. The procedure sends a flexible bronchoscope tube down the patient’s nose and into the windpipe. A small camera films the journey, and an ultrasound probe at the end of the camera sends images to an ultrasound monitor which enables the doctor to monitor the lymph glands that sit at the centre of the chest (mediastinum). A biopsy of the lymph glands can also be taken.

The role of the EBUS is to identify the stage growth in lung cancer patients. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK, counting for 6% of all deaths in the UK. Lung cancer kills twice as many UK sufferers as bowel cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death. By employing this innovative, low cost procedure in Welsh hospitals, doctors can accurately determine the best course of treatment in lung cancer patients without the need for a more invasive, higher risk open surgery procedure, promoting best practise for the needs of the patient, less time in spent in surgery and the availability of doctors and equipment to do more procedures.

The course, the first of its kind to be held in Wales, will be run by Dr Robin Ghosal, Consultant Respiratory Physician at Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli. He will be joined by a host of top Respiratory and Thoracic Consultants from around the UK, including Wales’ most reputable specialists Ms Margaret Kornaszewka, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Dr Diane Parry, Consultant Respiratory Surgeon at Llandough Hospital, Penarth.

Speaking of the course, Dr Ghosal says:

EBUS has revolutionised the way we approach diagnosing lung cancer patients. It allows for both the diagnosis of more complex, difficult to reach tumours, as well as how far the cancer has spread within the chest, all in a 45 minute procedure. This helps ensure that patients can get the most suitable treatment sooner which is so important for them at such a difficult time.

This is particularly exciting to have Consultants from all over Wales, in a wide variety of specialities, teaching on the course.

Course attendees will gain a taster experience of performing the procedure on life-like models, before viewing a live EBUS procedure through University Hospital Llandough’s integrated Endoscopy Unit, linking a live stream, with 2 way discussions and feedback throughout the procedure.

WIMAT’s Introduction to EBUS course continues the success of Cardiff University and the All Wales Deanery’s innovative programme for training in treatments for lung cancer and other acute cardiothoracic conditions.


Notes to editors

About Cardiff Medicentre

Cardiff Medicentre is a dedicated incubator for biotech and medtech startups. The facility is set in the grounds of the University of Wales Hospital and is a neighbour to Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

Established in 1992, Cardiff Medicentre is a joint venture between Cardiff Council, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government and Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. It was the first incubator of its kind in the UK and now provides 32 units of high quality office and lab space accommodation ranging from 284 sq ft to 1,045 sq ft. Low-cost desk leasing facilities are also available to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the Cardiff Medicentre community while writing business plans and raising finance.

Tenants at Cardiff Medicentre benefit from specialist support in establishing and growing their businesses. Their aim, and the aim of the Cardiff Medicentre management team, is graduation – the process of tenant businesses outgrowing the incubation facilities and moving into their own follow-on space, or being acquired.

Examples of successful graduate companies

  • Q Chip Ltd (completed $6 million venture capital investment round in 2011)
  • Cardiff Bioanalytical Services Ltd (acquired by LGC Ltd in 2010)
  • Cardiff Research Consortium (acquired by Capita Group plc for £11.6 million in 2009)
  • BioDynamics Research Ltd (acquired by Quotient BioResearch Ltd in 2008)
  • TrichoTech Ltd (acquired by Concateno plc for £11.25 million in 2007)
  • OnExamination Ltd (acquired by BMJ Group in 2007)

Published on Tue, 11th Dec 2012

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