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'Proton beam' step closer at Christie

The Christie in Manchester will become the first place in the country where proton beam therapy for cancer will be offered to patients.

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'Proton beam' therapy to be offered at Christie

The Christie in Manchester has moved a step closer to becoming the first place in the country where proton beam therapy for cancer will be offered to patients.

The Christie will offer proton beam therapy Credit: ITV Granada

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said £250 million of government funding will be used to build two new facilities in Manchester and London.

It will allow the Christie to tender for the necessary building work and equipment needed to offer the treatment.

Currently doctors can choose to send patients to America for the treatment, the new facilities should allow 1,500 patients-a-year to be treated in the UK by 2018.

National Clinical Lead for Proton Beam Therapy Adrian Crellin said: "Whilst we will continue to offer this treatment overseas until the new facilities are built in Manchester and London, I am delighted that we are now a step closer to providing Proton Beam Therapy in the UK.

"Compared to standard radiotherapy options, Proton Beam Therapy offers the opportunity to reduce the risks of potential side effects such as growth deformity, loss of hearing and lowered IQ, which is a particular consideration when treating children and young people."

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