Mastectomy drug trial tests begin at the Royal Cornwall Hospital

Patient wears a hospital gown  The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been given £250,000 to trial the new technique

Related Stories

New treatment for breast cancer patients could be rolled out nationwide if a study in Cornwall proves successful.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been given £250,000 to trial a new technique, known as the "painbuster".

The procedure, which takes place in the first 48 hours after a mastectomy is being tested on 160 women from Cornwall and Devon.

Morphine will be replaced with a local anaesthetic stored in a small gadget.

'Simple technique'

The gadget, which is worn on the patient's nightgown, slowly releases the anaesthetic directly to the area where the surgery has been carried out.

Iain Brown, a consultant oncoplastic surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, said: "We know morphine is not a great thing to have in your system when you're trying to get over a big operation.

"We want our patients to wake up, sit up in bed, brush their hair and put their make-up on. If they can do that from the beginning it makes them feel great psychologically."

The hospital has been given the funding from the National Institute of Health Research to carry out the study.

Those carrying out the trial hope it will reduce the amount of time it takes women to recover from a mastectomy.

Roger Langford, a consultant anaesthetist at the hospital, said: "What we're hoping is the results are positive and this technique is beneficial.

"Then other centres can see what is a relatively simple technique, will be easy to take on and benefit their patients as well."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cornwall

Weather

Truro

Min. Night 10 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases


  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up


  • A woman gets a Thanksgiving meal at a church in FergusonFamily fears

    Three generations in Ferguson share Thanksgiving reflections


  • Walmart employees and supporters block off a major intersection near the Walton Family Foundation to stage a protest calling for $15 an hour and consistent full-time work in downtown Washington October 16, 2014. Black mark

    Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out

Programmes

  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.