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Laser technology now on hand for cancer patients

Monday, 7th December, 2015

The BH Breast Cancer Support Group Fundraising Committee members presented the hand held lasers to the hospital and RFDS (from left, front) Geraldine Milne, Fay Fryer and Thella Burford (back) Lexie Milne, Elizabeth Costabeber (Physiotherapy Department Manager), Jo Beven (RFDS Breastcare Nurse), Kerri Baker and Helen Bates. The BH Breast Cancer Support Group Fundraising Committee members presented the hand held lasers to the hospital and RFDS (from left, front) Geraldine Milne, Fay Fryer and Thella Burford (back) Lexie Milne, Elizabeth Costabeber (Physiotherapy Department Manager), Jo Beven (RFDS Breastcare Nurse), Kerri Baker and Helen Bates.

The Physiotherapy Depart-ment at the hospital has received two new hand lasers to help treat patients, thanks to a generous donation by the Broken Hill Breast Cancer Support Group Fundraising Committee.

The group also donated two “Handy Cure Laser” machines to the local Royal Flying Doctor Service for use by its Breastcare Nurse, Jo Beven.

The machines are hand-held, portable lasers which can be used for the treatment of people with cancer and post-mastectomy.

Low Level Laser Therapy uses low intensity lasers and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at the infrared and visible red wavelengths to relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by damaged tissue. It is used for both acute and chronic conditions. 

It can also be used for lymphoedema and post-mastectomy for the breakdown of scar tissue, breakdown of hard lymphoedema and the stimulation of the lymphatic system. This is achieved by stimulating cells in the body to aid healing.  

The handheld lasers are very easy to use once demonstrated and explained by a therapist. 

The lasers donated by the local group will be loaned to patients who are unable to travel to appointments or who live in our surrounding towns. 

This will allow the hospital to help patients who previously may have been unable to attend the health service for treatment. 

Fundraising Committee spokesman, Kerri Baker, thanked the public for supporting their fundraising efforts during Paint Our Town Pink, October Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as through donations and sales of merchandise.

“We’d especially like to thank all our volunteers. Our group is about locally-raised funds helping locals and we are very pleased to be able to help,” Ms Baker said.

The hospital and RFDS Breastcare Nurse Jo Beven also expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Breast Cancer Support Group Fundraising Committee for their generous donation.

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