UK's first proton beam therapy machine installed in Manchester

The Guardian reported on the installation of the UK's first proton beam therapy machine, at the Christie Centre in Manchester. The Christie Centre's 90-tonne proton beam therapy machine aims to open in August 2018, and to treat 750 patients per year. It marks the first time cancer patients in England will be able to receive proton beam therapy treatment, on the NHS, without having to travel abroad.

Since 2008 the NHS has been funding patients to travel outside England to receive the advanced form of treatment. Proton beam came fully into the public consciousness in 2014, when five year old Ashya King's parents took him to the Czech republic to receive the treatment, after being refused it on the NHS.

The Christie Centre's machine was installed on Thursday, with the assistance of a 90-metre crane to lower it into a bunker reinforced with 270 timber, steel and concrete posts.

University College London Hospital will open a second proton beam centre in the summer of 2020, following a £250 million investment from the Government to establish both centres.

The Guardian article can be read online here.

Page published: Mon 26 June 2017

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