Bring a FibroScan to Flinders and help patients at risk of liver cancer
“It’s not the easiest thing to ring someone and tell them there’s something not quite right on their ultrasound, that they have a suspicious lesion,” Rosemary McCormick says.
Flinders Medical Centre’s Liver Cancer and Chronic Liver Disease Nurse has been helping patients diagnosed with primary liver cancer since 2013. She’s there to support them and their families through the toughest of times.
Part of her role is to oversee a screening and surveillance program for people with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, a critical risk factor for liver cancer.
“Patients are often shocked and blindsided by the news,” Rosemary says of a cancer diagnosis.
“They’re on a screening and surveillance program so they often say they knew something like that was a possibility, but when it does crop up, it’s still not expected, and it does shock them.”
One thing Rosemary knows for sure is the importance of early detection of liver disease and liver cancer.
A vital piece of equipment – the FibroScan – is key to this.
This device allows a non-invasive way of assessing the amount of fibrosis or scarring in a liver, without the need for an invasive liver biopsy.
By detecting liver issues earlier through a FibroScan, more immediate intervention and treatments can be initiated which will lead to better patient outcomes.
Flinders Foundation is encouraging the community to sign up to Dry July and help raise funds to buy a new FibroScan for Flinders, so more people can receive the monitoring they need and help detect liver cancer before it’s too late.
The new mobile FibroScan device can also be taken to clinics in rural and indigenous communities for health checks on those who can’t easily access Flinders.
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