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An inspirational new centre designed to support people whose lives have been touched by cancer has been officially unveiled today.
The Duchess of Cornwall was the guest of honour at the opening of the latest Maggie’s Centre, situated next to The Christie Hospital.
It aims to provide a refuge, along with practical, emotional and psychological support for people living with the disease and their families.
Speaking at the event, the Duchess who is president of the Maggie’s charity, said:
I couldn’t imagine a more welcoming or imaginative sanctuary.
She told guests that the building fulfilled the original vision of the charity’s founder Maggie Keswick Jencks and that she hopes to see a Maggie’s Centre in every major city in the UK over the next two decades. During her visit, the Duchess took a tour of the facility and gardens, and met with designers, supporters, donors and staff.
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Experts say the MR-Linac machine to be installed at two centres in the UK could open up a new era in highly-personalised radiotherapy.
The machine combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and tumour-busting radiation treatment in one package.
Two of only seven of the machines in the world are being delivered to the UK, initially for use in clinical trials.
Patients with tumours affecting different parts of the body will be recruited, including brain, head and neck, lung, oesophageal, pancreatic, breast, prostate, cervix and rectal cancers. They will be among the first in the world to use the machine.
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