Friday 4th December 2009

Bowel Cancer West - Mark Coleman Receives Donation

A bowel cancer charity set up by a renowned Derriford Hospital surgeon has been launched in front of 100 medics.

Bowel Cancer West was launched by Mr Mark Coleman, consultant colorectal surgeon, at a high-profile surgical masterclass.

Mr Coleman was this year appointed as national clinical lead for a keyhole surgery training scheme, which is set to improve the treatment of bowel cancer across the country.
The charity will be dedicated to supporting research and training for bowel cancer in the South West.
Mr Coleman said: "The NHS can only support training and research within the limited constraints of its budgets."

He said he strongly feels there is a lack of training opportunities for people who work with bowel cancer in the South West. He hopes the charity will eventual be able to help fund a regional surgical skills education centre.
The charity launch was marked by the presentation of a donation cheque from Devon farmer David Darke, a former patient of Mr Coleman.

Mr Darke said: "After my treatment, I wanted to take this opportunity to help raise funds in recognition of Mr Coleman and his charitable work.

"I am very pleased to support the work of Bowel Cancer West and I think that bowel cancer patients will really benefit from their work."

The masterclass on laparoscopic, or keyhole, took place at Plymouth Hospitals new Surgical Skills Centre at Plymouth International Business Park.

It was attended by around 100 surgeons and medical practitioners from around the South West.
Mr Coleman said: "We are delighted that the masterclass has attracted such a great deal of interest, which is a reflection of the importance of innovation and continued development in laparoscopic surgery.
"It is also an extremely good opportunity for the surgical skills centre to showcase its facilities and amenities.
"We are appreciative of all the support we have received that helped to make this day possible. It gives us a great opportunity to share knowledge and learn more about this specialist and exciting field."

The event was organised by Lapco, the team responsible for running the UK's national training programme in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery.

Plymouth Herald

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