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Doctors will soon be able to remove cancer from inside the body without even breaking the skin. It's called 'cyber surgery', and experts say it's about to revolutionise cancer treatment.
The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle will be the first outside London to do it. It will allow doctors to kill cancers they currently can't reach, and reduce radiotherapy treatments for thousands of patients across the North East and Cumbria.
Doctors in Newcastle have secured a machine which they say will revolutionise cancer treatment.
The new equipment is called 'cyber surgery' and will allow doctors to target tumours that are currently impossible to remove.
It will also cut the number of radiotherapy treatments that patients require. It has been made possible thanks to donations to cancer charities, which have paid for nearly half of the new equipment.
Revolutionary cancer treatment will be coming to the North East next year after charities across the region helped the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to come up with the funding.
The new 'cyber surgery' equipment, the first of its kind outside of London, has been paid for the by Hospital Trust, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the Charlie Bear Cancer appeal and the Newcastle Healthcare Charity.
Sir John Hall, who has had his own experience of cancer, launched the campaign to bring better radiotherapy treatment to the region last December.
Contributions from the other charities and the hospital trust have now amounted to raising the full three million pounds needed to buy the equipment.
Radiotherapy equipment which could revolutionise treatment for cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria has been secured for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
The 'Cyber Surgery' is the first of its kind outside of London and will be housed in the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.
It is hoped that the equipment will dramatically improve cancer treatment by both improving the accuracy of radiotherapy and treating tumours that are currently inoperable.
The 'Cyber Surgery' procedure has been likened to removing a grape from the centre of an orange, without damaging the orange.
There is also the potential for a large number of cancers that would usually require long courses of radiotherapy to be treated in just one to three outpatient treatments.
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Doctors say a new machine could revolutionise cancer treatment in the North East, after securing it for Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.