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Paediatric radiotherapy masks go on display at the Science Museum

29 November, 2019
Lobke (left) with colleague Clare Jobe.
Lobke (left) with colleague Clare Jobe.

The new medicine galleries at the Science Museum in London feature radiotherapy masks for young cancer patients.

Scheduled to be on display for the next quarter-century, the masks are the creation of Lobke Marsden, a play specialist at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Famous on social media for her recreations of popular children’s characters such as the Grinch, Spiderman and Iron Man, which she paints on to the treatment masks, Lobke says they help paediatric patients feel more at ease during treatment.

“I hope that it’s made the experience a lot nicer. Not just for the children, but for the parents as well," Lobke said.

The masks on show at the museum are a Batman mask and a prototype. The Kensington tourist attraction attracts more than 3 million people a year.

Leeds Children’s Hospital said it was ‘incredibly proud’ to see the designs being shared with the world. The masks are displayed near to the Lego Little Linacs, created by the hospital’s Professor David Brettle.

A representative for the hospital said in a statement, “Radiotherapy can be a very frightening experience and our team paint the masks in a bid to help and support patients through their treatment.

"Congratulations to our amazing paediatric radiotherapy team and to Professor Brettle for putting Leeds Children's Hospital on the map!"

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