Funding secured for new cancer unit

A new cutting edge cancer treatment will be available in the UK thanks to the securing of £250 million of government funding to build two new facilities- one at London's UCLH.

The therapy - Proton Beam Therapy- targets tumours more precisely with less damage to surrounding tissues.

This can improve the quality of life following cancer treatment, reduces side effects, especially for children and, because the NHS will be able to treat more people, it will save lives.

Currently, the NHS sends children and adults needing Proton Beam Therapy to the United States, but from 2018 it will be offered to up to 1,500 cancer patients at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London.