The Rumba Foundation has donated £50,000 to buy a C-arm fluoroscope to support the Veterinary Cancer Research Programme led by Nick Bacon, clinical director of oncology and soft tissue at Fitzpatrick Referrals.

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From left: Nick Bacon with Jim and Fiona Hindle at Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre.

Foundation founders Fiona and Jim Hindle started the organisation in 2012 in honour of their cat, Rumba, and have gone on to fund highly advanced equipment to give the best clinical care to animals today.

The C-arm fluoroscope was provided, in partnership with the University of Surrey, to Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre to aid research into cancer and its causes, and explore new approaches to treatment for animals.

Advanced therapies

The fluoroscope uses x-rays to produce real time moving images and allows surgeons to treat specific organs – for example, by inserting a stent into a blocked blood vessel or urethra, or carrying out minimally invasive fracture repair.

Prof Bacon said: “The equipment adds a whole new avenue for therapy in cats and dogs.

“The Rumba funding not only allows us to do more advanced therapies on animals to save lives, but also makes the treatment very accessible. As we haven’t had to buy the machine ourselves, it makes it significantly cheaper for owners than it would normally be, so this gift has a double benefit.

“There are also opportunities to collaborate with oncologists at the Royal Surrey Hospital, to advance new treatments with the C-arm for humans and animals.”

Inspirational

For the trustees of the Rumba Foundation, the inspirational work of the Veterinary Cancer Research Programme is in harmony with their mission to support specific projects that have a direct impact on companion animal health – and particularly those that benefit both animals and humans.

Mrs Hindle said: “Nick and the team share our passion to make a genuine difference to pets and their families and we believe investing in the world-renowned veterinary clinicians at the new Surrey vet school and Fitzpatrick Referrals could lead to breakthroughs in cancer treatment and, ultimately, cure.”

“The Rumba Foundation is a legacy to an animal that changed our lives forever, as well as all companion animals which deserve the very best of clinical care.”

 

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