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.
– Professor Ruth Plummer, Trustee of Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
"Lady Elsie, Sir Bobby's sons and all the Foundation's medical trustees are all very excited by this latest generation of cyber surgery and what it will mean for patients.
The equipment will allow us to research how best to use radiotheraphy with some of the new drugs we have and so improve treatment for patients."
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.
– Sir John Hall, Patron of the Charlie Bear Cancer Appeal
"When I launched the cyber surgery appeal in December last year, I had every faith that our wonderful, generous North East public would come up trumps and deliver this amazing technology for the Northern Centre for Cancer Care.
This collaborative approach, however, was beyond my wildest dreams.
Bringing cyber surgery to the North East means we will have the very best treatment in this region and it will save and prolong lives.
This has changed the face of cancer treatment in the region but it is just the beginning."
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.