Work to start on £30m Proton Therapy treatment centre

The construction of a new cancer treatment centre is due to begin in Reading next month as part of a £30 million project. The facility will offer a pioneering form of treatment and help around 1,000 patients each year.

The Proton Therapy unit which is being built at the Thames Valley Business Park near the University of Reading's Shinfield campus - will be one of the first to open in the UK and means patients will no longer have to travel abroad for the treatment.

'Proton Therapy' came to national attention when the parents of Ashya King from Hampshire took him out of hospital in the UK to have treatment in Prague. The interviewees in Mary Stanley report are Professor Karol Sikora, Chief Medical officer at 'Proton Partners'; and Mike Moran, the Chief Executive of 'Proton Partners'.