Over 1000 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer each year in Wales.
Gynaecological cancers affect the female reproductive tract, most frequently the ovaries, the womb or the cervix. Gynaecological cancers can affect women of every age and from every walk of life.
Despite advances in recent years, with more women surviving longer, gynaecological cancers remain a significant health problem for many women.
With many new developments in cancer treatments, we need to continually review and improve the services we provide.
The last few years have seen big changes in the way that radiotherapy can be planned and delivered, and The Aphrodite Appeal will help us to focus on the development of our radiotherapy treatments for gynaecological cancers.
It will also provide educational grants for advanced training for doctors, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists and other health professionals, to ensure our staff remain completely up to date and ready to take on the challenges that new treatments can bring. Funding new equipment will also facilitate these advances.
Another area we are focussing on is chemotherapy, and research is crucial as a way of identifying new treatments. We are aiming to review the anti-sickness treatments we offer through a research project looking specifically at gynaecological patients. Often, local research projects can be undertaken during study for a higher university degree. By supporting staff in these projects, we are not only improving our service but also equipping staff with the knowledge and skills they require to undertake further projects.
Comments from some patients and families:
“Please accept this small token of my thanks to you and others, unknown to me, who helped to prolong my wife Helen’s life by some three years, which she often referred to as a bonus. And so it was. Whenever we reached home after a visit or a course of treatment, Helen always referred to the love, respect, care and kindness shown to her while at Velindre. A trait I was aware of on my visits. So well done to all concerned.” Stuart Wilson.
“Velindre has been amazing. What a lovely hospital! Everybody there, from the doctors, the nurses in chemo and phlebotomy to the receptionists, they’re all wonderful. I was petrified going there but now I look forward to it because everybody is so friendly. I honestly cannot praise the NHS enough. You hear so many bad stories by my experience has been incredible. If you paid for it you wouldn’t get a better service! Now I want to raise as much money as I can for Velindre’s Aphrodite Appeal to simply say thank you.” Vicky Rees
A special Fashion Show featuring patients, consultants and Velindre Patron Sam Warburton and friends as models, was organised by Velindre staff member Jan Morgan to raise funds for the Aphrodite Appeal. Dr Emma Hudson, one of the gynaecological consultants at Velindre, who also modelled, said: “The fashion show was an incredible success. It was an evening where patients, relatives, friends and staff from Velindre along with professional rugby players came together to raise money for an amazing cause close to everybody’s hearts. For many of the patient models it meant so much to be pampered, dressed up in wonderful clothes and escorted down the catwalk by their rugby idols. For myself and most of the audience is was incredibly inspiring watching these fantastic ladies who had been through so much dancing and laughing down the catwalk. I must say a huge thank you to all involved.”
To support our Appeals and other services and projects, please make a donation to Velindre Cancer Centre. Thanks for any donation, we will attempt to comply with your wishes as to the use of the donation to support this appeal. In the event that we cannot deliver the main purpose of this appeal, we reserve the right to use the funds for similar charitable purposes in Velindre NHS Trust Charitable Funds.