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Blyth MP welcomed back to Parliament after cancer battle

The House of Commons has welcomed Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell back to Parliament after his absence due to cancer treatment.

During Prime Minster's questions, the Speaker and the Prime Minister Theresa May both said it was good to see Mr Campbell back in his usual position on the commons' benches.

In September 2016 Campbell underwent chemotherapy for stomach cancer.

He has been the Labour MP for Blyth Valley since 1987.

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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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Pioneering cancer treatment centre launches in North East

The site of the first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in England will be unveiled today in Northumberland.

The centre, which will be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland, will open in early 2017.

An artist's impression of the treatment centre to be built in Bomarsund, Northumberland Credit: Proton Partners International Ltd

Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy, most often used to treat cancer. Protons are used to target cancerous cells, causing less damage to surrounding tissue than conventional radiotherapy.

The treatment is not currently available in the UK, leading to some patients travelling abroad in order to receive it.

It was the subject of widespread media coverage last year, when the parents of five-year-old Ashya King took him out of an NHS hospital to travel to Prague in order for him to receive the treatment.

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