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Jan 2019

Teenage to become one of UK’s first NHS proton-beam therapy patients

The teenager will start the therapy at a new £125m treatment centre at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. The specialist radiotherapy targets cancer cells without damaging tissues surrounding the tumours and until now, most NHS patients needed to travel abroad to have the treatment. The Christie Cancer Centre first opened its doors to patients in…

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Jun 2017

Christie Cancer Hospital takes delivery of first NHS proton beam therapy machine

The machine will shortly arrive at Christie Hospital in Manchester and will be available from August 2018, meaning patients needing the therapy will no longer have to travel abroad for the treatment. Proton beam therapy (PBT) uses charged particles, rather than x-rays, to deliver radiotherapy for cancer patients, allowing high energy protons to target tumours…

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May 2017

UK’s first cancer-treating Proton Beam Therapy machine arrives at Newport clinic

Proton beam therapy is a highly targeted form of radiotherapy, which is able to treat hard to reach cancers, lowering the risk of damaging surrounding tissue and the associated side effects. Currently, around 140 patients each year receive this treatment abroad at a cost to the NHS of around £114,000 each. According to experts, the…

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