In the year ending 2010 we celebrated our tenth anniversary and it was another successful year for the charity in which we have met our objectives in the relief of need, sickness and distress by the promotion of research into the prevention, causes and treatment of oral and facial diseases, disorders and injuries Below are some examples of our progress.
Our trial comparing two standard surgical approaches to the treatment of small oral squamous cell carcinomas enters its fourth year. This important unique trial aims to determine whether a prophylactic neck dissection improves survival without compromising patients’ quality of life. 140 patients have now been recruited in the UK and we have agreed to collaborate with a group carrying out a study out at the Tata Memorial hospital in Mumbai. Funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is reviewed annually and Saving Faces has received agreement for a further twelve months of funding.
Binge drinking in teenagers is a significant cause of facial injury. We have completed a final analysis of the Department of Health sponsored alcohol study which studied the impact of a slideshow that highlights the risk between drunkenness and facial injury on the drinking habits of 8,000 13/14 year olds. The results of this study have been submitted to the Department of Health and will be used to inform public policy.
We are now funding four PhD students who are carrying out important research into the psychological impact of dealing with facial disease and the development of new diagnostic tests and treatments.
Our Patient Helpline is proving a valuable support for newly diagnosed pateints and we plan to officially launch this innovative service in the near future.
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