Personalised treatment is key to providing the quality healthcare that our patients deserve, especially for conditions as complex as cancer.
Your donations have enabled our Cancer team to buy a specialist hand grip dynamometer. The dynamometer measures a patient’s hand grip strength as an alternative way of assessing nutritional status.
Measurements such as this allow our teams tailor treatment to the specific needs of the patient. Using these has also helped to evaluate the new cancer weight management group, jointly run with the Cancer Clinical Psychology and Physiotherapy teams.
Keeping track of a patient’s nutritional status while they undergo cancer treatment is essential, but this can be incredibly difficult when a person’s body is going through such big changes.
Vicky, Macmillan Specialist Dietitian in our Cancer team, says: “Small pieces of equipment, like the dynamometer, help to ensure that we are still able to monitor the nutritional status of some of our most unwell and complex patients. Being able to respond to changes in nutritional status and adapting treatment quickly is hugely important for optimising strength, resilience and quality of life.
“The dynamometer has been an integral monitoring tool, to support the evaluation of new services such as our cancer weight management course.
“Thank you so much to all the donors who made the purchase of the dynamometer possible.”