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Work to build proton beam cancer therapy centre starts today

An artists' impression of the centre.

Work is due to start today to build a state-of-the-art proton beam cancer therapy centre in Northumberland.

The site, at West Sleekburn Farm, is being built by a private company. Certain NHS and private patients will be offered cancer treatment not currently available in the UK.

Northumberland has been chosen as the first place in England to offer high energy proton beam therapy, an investment which will help to provide an economic boost for the region.

Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy used to treat cancer.

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