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."