Trust aids tu­mour trial

The Oban Times - - News -

THE OWNER of the Oban Bay Ho­tel has handed over £ 20,000 to a char­ity that works to save the lives of chil­dren suf­fer­ing from a rare brain can­cer.

The Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust granted the money to Fund­ing Neuro. The money will pay for a clin­i­cal trial into a new treat­ment for the highly ag­gres­sive brain tu­mour Dif­fuse In­trin­sic Pon­tine Glioma ( DIPG).

DIPG is a brain can­cer mostly af­fect­ing chil­dren be­tween the ages of six to 10 and has been con­sid­ered un­treat­able.

Af­ter di­ag­no­sis, a child’s av­er­age life ex­pectancy is just nine months: no child has ever sur­vived DIPG.

Pro­fes­sor Steven Gill has de­vised a method of treat­ing DIPG by sur­gi­cally im­plant­ing a mi­cro- catheter into the brain, which de­liv­ers drugs di­rectly into the tu­mour, known as Con­vec­tion En­hanced De­liv­ery.

He is cur­rently treat­ing a group of young­sters on com­pas­sion­ate grounds with stun­ning re­sults: av­er­age life ex­pectancy has dou­bled from nine to 18 months and a num­ber of chil­dren’s tu­mours have dra­mat­i­cally shrunk.

Cr­erar Ho­tels op­er­ate 14 ho­tels and inns across the UK, 13 of which are based in Scot­land.

The Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust has now awarded more than £ 7 mil­lion in grants over the last 16 years.

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