Historically, people with brain metastases in the East Midlands didn’t get the best treatment and care. That all changed when the pioneering Macmillan East Midlands Brain Metastases Service was established.
This multidisciplinary team of oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, palliative care physicians, specialist nurses and radiographers meet weekly to talk about the needs of approximately 30 patients and design individual holistic care plans to help them.
Because the service is based at Nottingham University Hospitals, an impressive 2.9 million people are now within an hour’s drive of a treatment centre and more patients can receive stereotactic radiosurgery and neurosurgery.
Macmillan Clinical Fellow Michael O’Cathail says, ‘To make the service as accessible as possible, we also offer the option of virtual clinics via video link.’
‘Setting up a multidisciplinary team for brain metastases has been key,’ adds Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Rebecca Bentley. 'Now the people who specialise in this area are getting more time to discuss how best to help patients, which is better for everyone.’
If you would like to find out more about the team’s work, please email Mandy Edwards, Partnership Quality Lead.