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New cancer accelerators unveiled

The Mount Vernon cancer centre now has two of the linear accelerator machines. Credit: ITN

The Mount Vernon cancer centre in Middlesex is welcoming two important new arrivals. The linear accelerator machines use radiotherapy to treat cancer. Mount Vernon is now the only centre in the South-East to have two of them.

Medical staff using the controls for the new accelerators. Credit: ITN

The machines cost £4.5m and the centre believes it will be able to massively increase the number of patients it treats. With two machines, it will be able to keep treatment going when one of the machines is closed down for maintenance.