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Cancer Treatment Study

A LOCAL STUDY is being carried out aimed at bringing cancer treatment facilities to Wigtownshire.

And it is hoped that it will bring an end to the torturous 100-mile-plus journeys cancer patients face every time they need treatment.

Patients in the district are being asked to help themselves and future sufferers by taking part in Dr Gordon Baird’s study into the possibility of decentralised facilities being made available.

At present patients have to endure regular trips to Dumfries, Glasgow or Edinburgh for the type of treatment Dr Baird of Sandhead wants to see available on a mobile basis such as chemotherapy, CT scanning and ultra-sound.

And he is asking sufferers in Wigtownshire to get in contact with his practice at Sandhead to help provide evidence to a study which will be submitted to the health authorities at the Scottish Executive.

"We need patients to contact us in full confidence that their details will not be submitted to any third party", said Dr Baird.

"It is vital that we get as many cases as possible, if we only get results from half the patients then we will only get half the resources", he said.

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