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Cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity because the B'ham QE Cancer Appeal needs our help.

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

We fund equipment, research & facilities to support patients at the QE Hospital

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Hi, Phil Currie here,

First of all thanks for visiting my JustGiving page, which must mean your thinking of making a donation to this amazing cause. So thank you again.

I have recently been diagnosed with Throat Cancer and I am currently undergoing Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy to help fight this illness.

However, there are many more people going through this and also people that don't know it yet but could also at some point be battling Cancer and my cause is to help these people have an alternative treatment called Cyberknife.

What is CyberKnife?

The CyberKnife is not actually a knife at all. It's a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that allows specialist oncologists to treat tumours and other medical conditions painlessly without the need for an operation.

CyberKnife uses pencil beams of radiation which can be directed at any part of the body from virtually any direction via a robotic arm. The tracking software detects any movement of the tumour or patient, and automatically corrects the robot position before targeting the tumour with multiple beams of high-energy radiation, destroying abnormal tissue without damaging surrounding areas.

The treatment is so accurate that it's now possible to treat tumours previously thought to be inoperable. Although the results of treatment do not always show immediately, in most cases the procedure will initially stop the growth of tumours before gradually reducing their size.

As there is no open surgery, the complications normally associated with an operation are eliminated, as is the need for a long recovery time. This makes treatment suitable for those who are not well enough to cope with the side-effects of surgery and most patients have their treatment as an outpatient.

The advanced technology also eliminates the need for patients to be fitted with rigid imobilisation during the treatment phase, making the whole procedure less stressful for patients.

I think you will agree that this is an amazing piece of equipment, which we should all have access to. If you research this piece of equipment you will find stories of people being given 6 weeks to live and then they have this treatment and they are still breathing the air we breath today. Quite remarkable!

However, it is very expensive and Birmingham QE Hospital are appealing for donations to get this in their hospital and make it available to me, you and our families and friends. So, please help me to help them, which could in turn help you, or somene you know.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page and reading my story. Please spread the word and help fight Cancer.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Once again thank you so much for taking the time to visit my page and I will see and speak too you soon.

Phil Currie

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