31 July 2013
Today the Department of Health announced secured funding to build Proton Beam Therapy Centres at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust hospital in Manchester and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust worth £250million.
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'This is fantastic news for the future treatment of cancer patients, particularly for children with a rarer cancer. Proton Beam Therapy can be a much more effective type of radiotherapy, especially for complex cancers, and survivors are less likely to suffer from consequences of their treatment later on.
'Sadly if you live in the UK the only way you can access Proton Beam Therapy at the moment is by travelling half way around the world to get it. This often causes an unnecessary stress and financial burden no family should have to bear at such an upsetting time.
'Today’s announcement means that we’re finally going to be able to offer this cutting edge treatment in England. By 2018 hundreds more cancer patients will be able to receive the best possible treatment without the stress and strain having to leaving the country.'
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
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