Prof Sir Ian Gilmore opens the Papillon Suite (Credit: The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre)

New Cancer Suite Opens

The newest facility at Clatterbridge Health Park didn’t open unnoticed thanks to coverage of the launch event on Radio Clatterbridge.

Presenter Gray Hawke was on hand at the opening of the state-of-the-art Papillon suite at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.

The suite, which is used to treat all patients, NHS and private, uses a unique form of contact radiotherapy.

It was officially opened by Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, the former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

The Papillon technique was introduced in 1993 by Professor Arthur Sun Myint, who has been at the forefront of its development since then.

The treatment means patients have a better quality of life as they don’t require major surgery and the procedure itself takes a matter of minutes.

Gray interviewed Prof Myint and one of his patients.

“It’s an honour to be able to open to doors to our new dedicated Papillon Suite. The new Suite has allowed us to significantly extend our capacity and as a result, I’m now running clinics three days a week.” – Professor Arthur Sun Myint

The dedicated new Papillon Suite has the ability to treat an increasing number of patients year on year and will now operate three days a week.

The specialist team of radiotherapists, radiographers and physicists at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has observed a 30% increase in patients treated to date, rising from 100 patients per year to 130 and the new facility will enable this to grow even more.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a dedicated waiting area, spacious treatment rooms and a relaxing environment to help put patients at ease.

Don Taylor, 82, was a professional skier and refused surgery after being diagnosed with rectal cancer as he wanted to be able to continue with his active lifestyle. After meeting Professor Myint and opting for the Papillon technique, he’s now fit and well and is able to continue with his annual skiing holidays to Austria.

“I can’t thank the team enough for the treatment and level of care they gave me, as well as the subsequent results. Papillon is a truly remarkable technique and it’s great that many more people are now accessing it.” – Patient Don Taylor

Papillon is recommended for early stage rectal cancer patients who are not fit enough for general anaesthesia. One of the primary benefits of the treatment is that it avoids patients needing to have surgery which can result in the need for either a temporary or permanent stoma.

The department has also seen an increase in patients following the government’s introduction of the bowel cancer screening programme and the increasing awareness of Papillon amongst clinicians and patients.