Trust aids tumour trial
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.