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Blood flow treatment shortens recovery time

24th August 2009

A 73-year old man has received a trial treatment, after having surgery to remove a tumour from his pancreas, which reduced his stay in hospital by 10 days.


Alan Ager was told he had pancreatic cancer in 2008 and surgeons informed him that he would require surgery to take out a tumour from his pancreas and a section of intestine.

Doctors said he would need to stay at the Royal London Hospital for three weeks and spend a few days in intensive care.

However, Mr Ager took part in a trial which allowed doctors to improve blood flow and send more oxygen to the necessary tissues. As a result, he spent only a few hours in intensive care and was out of hospital 10 days sooner than doctors predicted.

"I was delighted with my operation and treatment, and believe taking part in the trial has certainly assisted in my speedy recovery," he said.

Dr Rupert Pearse, consultant and senior lecturer in intensive care medicine at the Barts and the London NHS Trust which runs the Royal London, said: "If we can improve those things we deliver more oxygen to tissues and the patient recovers better after surgery."

Trials similar to the one Mr Ager was involved in have proved that using the new treatment can lessen the risk of post-operative complications by up to 40%. 


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