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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


The "obvious injustice" in Welsh cancer care

It's been described as an "obvious injustice that's being done to Welsh patients".

Today nearly 100,000 people have called on the government to introduce a cancer drugs fund for Wales.

England already has one, and campaigners say it's not fair that people there are getting drugs on the NHS that aren't as available here. Megan Boot reports.

Sun warning from Welsh cancer charity

Welsh beaches are popular with sunbathers. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A Welsh cancer charity is warning people to take extra care as they prepare for a Sunday in the sun.

Recent figures from Tenovus show malignant melanoma is now one of the most common cancers in people aged 15-35 and cases have almost quadrupled in the last 30 years.

The charity is touring beaches, schools and parks in an ice cream van to raise awareness of the risks of sitting out in the sun.

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New way of measuring cancer waiting times trialled

A new way of measuring waiting times for cancer treatment is being trialled across Wales in a bid to improve patient care.

Doctors say the current targets - where patients need to be treated within 62 or 31 days, depending on how they are referred - is too 'blunt' an instrument.

But the Conservatives say the Welsh Government is simply scrapping targets it has failed to meet since 2008.


Prevention over Cure: Are we changing our relationship with cancer?

Every week here in Wales 50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer alone, making it the most common type of cancer for women. The so-called celeb effect has made us more aware than ever before.

So, with a society calling for earlier diagnosis and PREVENTATIVE treatment - is our relationship with cancer in the midst of change?

Wales This Week follows 34 year-old Leanne Hugglestone as she undergoes a double mastectomy to prevent a recurrence of cancer.

Wales This Week: Mastectomy and Me - Tonight at 8pm ITV Cymru Wales

Three complete double marathon for cancer research

L-R Andrew Marzano, Matt Marzano and James Healey (pictured with Andrew's daughters) celebrate completing their 53-mile double marathon

Three rugby fans have run through the night to complete a double marathon in aid of cancer research.

Brothers Andrew and Matthew Marzano and their friend James Healey set off from the Parc y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli at midnight, arriving at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium before noon today - a distance of 53 miles.

However, they ended up running a total of 56 miles - after taking an accidental detour near Bridgend.

Andrew Marzano told ITV News: "We went three miles in the wrong direction. And three miles in the wrong direction when you're doing 53 miles is a long way!"

But he added: "Cancer research is a cause very close to our hearts. Cancer affects all families. Mine and Matthew's grandmother died of cancer and various friends and family have also suffered."

Funds from Movember help launch Wales' first 'ManVan'

Wales' first ever 'ManVan' has been launched, providing help and advice for men across Wales who are affected by prostate or testicular cancer.

The project is the result of a joint effort between cancer charity Tenovus and health organisations Prostate Cancer UK and The Movember Foundation.

The 'ManVan' has been payed for with funds raised during the annual moustache growing campaign.

Ambassador for Movember and Welsh rugby star George North says he's pleased to hear about the investment.

Whilst Movember is a bit of fun growing daft moustaches, it's great to also know that our efforts are making a real difference.

I encourage the men of Wales to make use of the 'ManVan' service and to continue supporting Movember's vision to change the face of men's health

– George North
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