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Newport could have UK's first proton beam centre

The UK's first proton beam therapy centre could open in Newport by 2016. It will see Wales leading the way in the treatment which can provide highly targeted radio therapy for hard-to-reach cancers.

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South Wales could have UK's first proton beam therapy centre

South Wales could become the home of the UK's first proton beam therapy treatment centre which helps treat the most complex and hard-to-reach cancers.

The centre, due to open at Celtic Springs Business Park, Newport, by 2016, will see Wales leading the way in the treatment.

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There are currently only 40 therapy centres around the world.

The potential centre has been described as a 'significant inward investment to Wales' that will 'save lives on Welsh soil'.

Proton beam therapy provides a highly targeted radio therapy and has been described as a so-called 'miracle' treatment. It's estimated that by 2017 the NHS demand for proton beam therapy will reach 1,500 patients.

Currently people have to go abroad for the treatment, including two-year-old Freya Bevan, from Swansea, who suffers with a rare brain tumour.

Credit: Freya Bevan fundraising page

Proton therapy also helped saved the life of Ashya King who was recently declared cancer-free after proton beam therapy in Prague.

Credit: Family handout

This is an exciting and important development of the UK provision of cancer treatment. As things stand, patients who can benefit from this treatment have to go abroad, often at a great expense to the NHS.

The creation of these centres will go a long way to ensuring the very best of treatment is available in the UK.

– Professor McVie, Senior Consultant at the European Institute of Oncology

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