News Stories of Interest

News Stories of Interest

Please find below, links to articles in the news that may be of interest

2nd May 2017

Cancer Drug Fund didn’t deliver value ‘to patients or society’
A fund that was established in England to increase access to cancer medicines has been found to have provided little clinical benefit.  The Cancer Drugs Fund, which cost more than £1 billion, gave people access to expensive new cancer drugs not routinely available on the NHS.  Researchers concluded that there was no measurable evidence that funding should be ring-fenced for cancer drugs, to the exclusion of other cancer treatments like surgery or radiotherapy.
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Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal leaps closer to target thanks to generous donation
Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal has leaped closer to its target after receiving a huge donation from a Dorchester charity.  The hospital was presented with £100,000 cheque from Dorset Health Trust.
Dorset Echo – Comment on this story

Family’s touching tribute to William Brown who died from a brain tumour
The family of former patient William Brown donated £10,000 for a new quiet room in Addenbrook’s radiotherapy department in his memory.
Cambridge News – Comment on this story

Lichfield woman’s Prague trip for proton therapy after brain tumour diagnosis threatened blindness
News feature about 50 year old Lisa Hudson from Litchfield who travelled to Prague for specialist treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Lichfield Mercury – Comment on this story

Shannen Doherty reveals she’s in remission after two-year cancer battle – “I am blessed”
The former Charmed and Beverly Hills 90210 actress was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015 and had undergone both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.
Mirror – Comment on this story

28th April 2017

General Election 2017: the RCR calls for ‘an NHS equipped for 21st century’
The Royal College of Radiologists is calling on all politicians to commit to delivering an NHS equipped for the 21st century. It lists four key issues that need to be tackled, one of which is that cancer patients are not getting the best radiotherapy.
Royal College of Radiologists – Comment on this story

‘Super star’ youngster on the right track during cancer treatment
A ‘SUPER star’ youngster who is suffering from a rare cancer is making a ‘positive’ recovery while receiving proton beam therapy in the USA.
Lancashire Telegraph – Comment on this story

27th April 2017

‘Help us to create a new cancer centre’
The chairman of a campaign to create a £3.25million Cancer Centre in Colchester has warned it will be a “disaster” if the remaining cash needed to secure its future isn’t raised.
Harwich and Manningtree Standard – Comment on this story

24th April 2017

NHS hospital sells access to proton cancer therapy
The NHS is to sell private patients access to its proton-beam therapy machine in order to raise money.
The Times – Comment on this story

21st April 2017

Teenage cancer patient reveals how kind-hearted Ed Sheeran has helped her through gruelling radiotherapy treatment
The 16-year-old fan, who has leukaemia, presented the singer with an Easter egg and said his music had helped her during her treatment.
Mirror – Comment on this story

13th April 2017

Cardiff and Swansea scan trial targets head cancers
Detailed imaging techniques are to help doctors target head and neck cancers more effectively in a £720,000 clinical trial. The 3D scanning pinpoints the exact site of a tumour and maps the cancer’s behaviour more accurately to target it with radiotherapy.
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12th April 2017

Yoga gives prostate cancer patients a leg up on treatment side effects
Practicing yoga twice a week improved fatigue, sexual, and urinary function in prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer radiotherapy, according to the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics.
Prostate Cancer News Today – Comment on this story

11th April 2017

How a unique project at Addenbrooke’s is helping young radiotherapy patients
Colourful masks are being used in a pilot project at Addenbrooke’s to help young patients feel less distressed during treatment.
Cambridge News – Comment on this story

10th April 2017

New cancer therapy centre for Chelmsford?
Cancer patients in mid-Essex could have their journeys for treatment drastically reduced if plans for a radiotherapy centre in Chelmsford get the go-ahead. Spire Healthcare group development director Neil McCullough said: “While Romford and Southend are hubs for NHS radiotherapy treatment, and Colchester has just opened a really good radiotherapy centre, we believe Chelmsford has been left under-served by the NHS and private healthcare.”
Essex Chronicle – Comment on this story

New units at Basingstoke hospital praised by panel of architects
The recently-opened radiotherapy unit and private patients’ unit at Basingstoke hospital have been commended by a panel of architects. The units, which are separate but linked, beat more than 100 other entries to be one of six schemes shortlisted for the award for Best Acute Hospital Development at the Building Better Healthcare Awards.
Basingstoke Gazette – Comment on this story

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue with radiotherapy for breast cancer
An aerobic exercise program can reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Doctors Lounge – Comment on this story

6th April 2017

Oxford Churchill Hospital team to run new cancer service in Swindon
A new radiotherapy service funded and staffed by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to be built in Swindon so patients no longer have to travel to Oxford for cancer treatment.
Oxford Mail – Comment on this story

Key piece of machinery delivered to multi-million pound Newport cancer treatment centre
The Rutherford Cancer Centre is expected to be operational within weeks to offer radiotherapy, chemotherapy and imaging, and due to the installation process, proton beam therapy will be available next year.
South Wales Argus – Comment on this story

Dorset county hospital cancer appeal smashes £1million milestone
An appeal to bring radiotherapy services to Dorchester for the first time has hit the £1million mark.
DorsetECHO – Comment on this story

3rd April 2017

Lung cancer treatment holds ‘early promise’ for cure – and could stop disease coming back
Research into the benefits of intensity-modulated proton therapy has found more than three quarters of patients involved in a study were free from recurrence 12 months after treatment.
Sunday Express – Comment on this story

New measures to help more cancer patients survive
UCLH welcomes NHS England’s announcement, made today, unveiling new measures which will help us ensure more people survive cancer, including a roll-out of the largest radiotherapy upgrade programme in 15 years with an extra £94m to be spent on linear accelerators.
University College London Hospitals – Comment on this story

£15m cancer centre to open in the summer
A £15 million hospital radiotherapy centre, delayed for nearly a year because of funding problems, is due to start treating its first patients this summer. It is based at Eastbourne District General Hospital and means cancer patients in the area can be treated closer to home.
The Argus – Comment on this story

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust given £1.8m for cancer treatment improvements
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has been given £1.8m to improve its cancer services. NHS England announced the funding, which will be used to modernise radiotherapy care at Kent Oncology Centre.
Kent Online – Comment on this story

21st March 2017

Radiotherapy risks are much higher for smokers
Smokers treated for breast cancer have much higher risks than non-smokers of developing lung cancer or heart attack as a result of radiotherapy – according to a new study funded by Cancer Research UK and published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Cancer Research UK – Comment on this story

The magic ball that spares breast cancer patients gruelling weeks of radiotherapy: All-in-one surgery allows patients to return home the same day
Radiotherapy given during breast cancer surgery has just been approved by NICE. Lynn Ashman, 59, a former marketing director from Malmesbury, Wiltshire, had the treatment. The Daily Mail interviews Lynn and her surgeon, Nathan Coombs from Great Western Hospital in Swindon to find out more about intra-operative radiotherapy.
Daily Mail – Comment on this story

20th March 2017

Founders of charity set up for cancer fighter Ashya King arrested for ‘theft’
A husband and wife team who run a charity that raised £50,000 for child cancer survivor Ashya King have been arrested on suspicion of theft. Mike and June Hyman were held this week on suspicion of stealing money raised by Kids’n’Cancer for children suffering from tumours.
The Mirror – Comment on this story

16th March 2017

£35m cancer treatment centre for Liverpool’s Paddington Village
A £35m proton cancer treatment centre is to be built in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s Paddington Village, the £1bn 30-acre development in the university district. This will be one of four centres built by Proton Partners International in the UK and will make the company the world’s largest developer of proton beam therapy centres.
Liverpool EchoPlace Northwest – Comment on this story

Drive to secure radiotherapy unit at Great Western Hospital passes halfway mark
The drive to secure a radiotherapy unit for Swindon has been given a huge boost after the fundraising effort moved past the halfway mark. The new state-of-the-art radiotherapy unit will be built on the Great Western Hospital site and will be run by an expert team from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Gazette and Herald – Comment on this story

10th March 2017

Key to cure prostate cancer: This is ‘extremely encouraging’ treatment for disease
The Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic, claims that prostate cancer has been rendered ‘undetectable’ in 86 male patients suffering with the disease – following a course of proton beam therapy. Dr Jiri Kubes, radiation oncologist and  Medical Director of the Proton Therapy Center, said the results were extremely encouraging: “Long term data will be provided at a later date to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment, but the data points to a remarkable success rating.”
Daily Express – Comment on this story

2nd March 2017

As radiotherapy declined so did second cancers in childhood cancer survivors
Childhood cancer survivors are living longer. Now research shows they are also less likely to develop second cancers while still young. The decline followed a sharp drop in the use of radiation therapy for treatment of childhood cancers. Between the 1970s and the 1990s, the percentage of paediatric cancer patients treated with radiation fell from 77 to 33 percent. The average radiation dose also dropped. Their chance of having second cancers within 15 years of the first fell as well. The research is published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Daily MailMedical Xpress – Comment on this story

27th February 2017

Ashya King’s doctors praise Emmerdale bosses for hard-hitting child cancer storyline
Ashya King’s doctors have praised Emmerdale bosses for their hard-hitting child cancer storyline. Viewers have watched as Debbie Dingle battled to raise enough money for her daughter Sarah Sugden to receive proton therapy abroad – in scenes mirroring Ashya’s plight. Proton therapy is not currently available in the UK, although the NHS does send a small number of eligible patients to the US each year.
The Sun – Comment on this story

Agony of British cancer boy, 9, as immigration ‘issue’ could force him to leave the US months before finishing treatment that is his only chance at life
A nine-year-old cancer patient may be forced to leave America before finishing the only treatment that could save his life. Alex Goodwin traveled from Leicester in England to Kansas late last year in a desperate bid to cure his advanced bone cancer. Though doctors removed the cancer, he still needs months of proton beam therapy – a highly-specialised form of radiotherapy.
Daily Mail – Comment on this story

Shannen Doherty completes cancer treatment and says it’s time for ‘the waiting game’
Actress Shannen Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015 and has since undergone both chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. She previously admitted she was frightened to undergo radiotherapy, and during her first session she was tempted to run away. At the time of her treatment, she wrote: “Something about not being able to see the laser, see the treatment and having this machine moving around you just scares me. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but right now…. I hate it.”
The Mirror – Comment on this story

24th February 2017

Student with inoperable cancer tumour gets all-clear after pioneering treatment lasting just seven weeks
A student diagnosed with an inoperable tumour has been given the all-clear after pioneering cancer treatment lasting just seven weeks. Sam Williams, now 23, had to rely on the generosity of others via crowdfunding to afford proton beam therapy abroad.
The Mirror – Comment on this story

23rd February 2017

Rutherford name for cancer centre under construction in Northumberland
The name has been revealed for a state-of-the-art proton beam therapy cancer centre that is being built in Northumberland. The Rutherford Cancer Centres will offer patients a comprehensive range of treatments. In addition to PBT, imaging, chemotherapy, traditional radiotherapy and well-being services will be available.
Daily ExpressDotMedMorpeth Herald – Comment on this story

Rab Noakes in Session
Scottish singer-songwriter Rab Noakes plays live in the Salford studio for BBC Radio 2. He talks about his latest album, The Treatment Tapes, which he wrote while having radiotherapy for tonsil cancer.
BBC iPlayer (Discussion of treatment starts at 24’30”) – Comment on this story

22nd February 2017

Newport cancer centre is nearly ready
Specialist radiotherapy for difficult-to-treat cancers will be available from early next year at a multi-million pound centre that is nearing completion in Newport. The centre, at the city’s Celtic Springs Business Park, will become the first in the UK to offer proton beam therapy for anything other than eye cancer.
South Wales Argus – Comment on this story

21st February 2017

Is the NHS’s £130m boost for radiotherapy just hot air?
Judith Potts writes in The Telegraph: “There is the suspicion that the number of hospitals due to be closed under the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) drawn up by NHS England will, inevitably, include radiotherapy departments. The article mentions Action Radiotherapy.
The Telegraph – Comment on this story

2oth February 2017

Bone cancer ‘under-profiled and under-funded’, charity says
A cancer charity has said primary bone cancer is “under-profiled and under-funded”. The Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT) spent £3.2m on research looking at proton beam therapy between 2006-2016 and National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) members spent £6.4m. But in the same period, NCRI members spent £387m on breast cancer research.
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17th February 2017

What is proton therapy and how could it save the lives of thousands of cancer patients?
The Metro reports that specialists at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague are advising those with breast cancer in the UK to take themselves out of NHS care and pay for private treatment. The report states that proton therapy isn’t generally available on the NHS for breast cancer patients – and no UK centre currently has the treatment on offer. However, proton beam centres are set to open in Manchester and London in 2018, with many opting to pay for treatment privately until they arrive.
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Campaign for radiotherapy unit at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital takes major step forward
The MPs representing North Hertfordshire and Stevenage – Sir Oliver Heald, Peter Lilley and Stephen McPartland – met with the Lister Hospital’s chief executive and chairman in parliament last week to further their drive for a specialist radiotherapy unit to be brought to the Coreys Mill Lane hospital.
The Comet – Comment on this story

16th February 2017

Doctors warn Scottish radiology ‘on the brink of collapse’
The SNP has been accused of presiding over a “full blown crisis” in the NHS after doctors warned that vital radiology services were on the “brink of collapse” in Scotland’s hospitals. The Royal College of Radiologists said patient safety was at risk because of a combination of chronic vacancies, low trainee numbers and increasing demand. It also said some cancer patients were now waiting more than a month for diagnosis and treatment.
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GWH cancer project will save 120 women trip to Oxford each year
A pioneering cancer treatment which could save as many as 120 women from Swindon and Wiltshire each year making daily trips to radiotherapy centres will be made available to Great Western Hospital patients. Following its approval by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) intraoperative radiotherapy will be available within months.
Swindon Advertiser – Comment on this story

Back at school and starting swimming, thanks to proton beam therapy in the US – paid for by the NHS
Story about William Richardson, who had a rare and aggressive tumour behind his right eye. He received proton beam therapy in Oklahoma, which was funded by the NHS.
ITV – Comment on this story

14th February 2017

Ashya King ‘is cancer free and back at school’ says dad three years after brain tumour treatment row
British cancer patient Ashya King is taking “huge strides forward” and is back at school, nearly three years after the bitter row over his treatment hit the headlines. A manhunt was launched for the youngster in 2014 after his mum and dad removed him from hospital in the UK following a row with doctors over treatment for his brain tumour.
The Mirror – Comment on this story

Cancer news: This treatment could prevent heart attack risk associated with disease
A new breast cancer treatment programme could save the lives of thousands of sufferers, doctors have claimed. Specialists at Proton Therapy Center in Prague are urging UK breast cancer sufferers to opt for the treatment. They say it not only kills cancer cells but helps to reduce the risk of heart attack in later life – a common side-effect of conventional treatment which affects thousands of patients each year.
Daily Express – Comment on this story

Michelle O’Neill says Altnagelvin Radiotherapy centre an ‘exemplar of cross border work’
The new radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin Hospital is an exemplar of cross-border working for the benefit of all, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has said. The Sinn Féin MLA was speaking following a joint visit with her southern counterpart, Simon Harris TD to the £70 million project in Derry.
Derry Now – Comment on this story

13th February 2017

MPs push for specialist cancer services at the Lister
Hertfordshire MPs have met with the Lister Hospital’s Chief Exec and Chairman to push for specialist cancer services to be provided nearer the facility. The group want thousands of local people to have quicker access for routine radiotherapy treatment, instead of having to travel to Mount Vernon in Hillingdon, currently the closest option.
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Girl, six, diagnosed with rare cancer after parents thought she was squinting because of regular iPad use
Parents of a six-year-old girl thought their daughter was squinting because she spent too much time on her iPad – but tragically she was diagnosed with an ultra-rare cancer. The family hope that they’ll be able to fundraise enough for Eve to receive proton beam therapy in America. As well as fundraising themselves, they have applied for NHS funding in the region of £150,000 to fund treatment, flights, accommodation, car hire and living costs.
The Sun – Comment on this story

10th February 2017

Crab used by Royal Marsden to test UK’s most precise radiotherapy machine
A crab bought at Wimbledon farmers’ market has been used to successfully test the UK’s most precise radiotherapy machine. The MR Linac machine has been installed at the Sutton health campus shared by the Royal Marsden hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research.
Evening Standard – Comment on this story

Special report into proton beam therapy
ITV News looks at how 12-year-old Shaun Bull has responded to pioneering proton beam therapy in the United States – treatment that’s not yet available in this country. The NHS is sending hundreds of patients overseas – mainly children – because the cancer treatment minimises damage to other parts of the body.
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Fundraisers raise £150,000 to give cancer boy ‘last chance’
A boy with a rare form of cancer could soon fly to the United States for a new form of treatment after a fundraising appeal achieved its £150,000 target. Four-year-old Leo Keefe has been battling SPNET – an aggressive type of brain cancer – for the last 17 months. Mrs Keefe has been told proton beam therapy is Leo’s “last chance”.
BBC – Comment on this story

8th February 2017

Breast cancer treatment to start within weeks
Radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer patients at the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital will begin within weeks, it has been confirmed. Andrew Reilly, Head of Physics at the North West Cancer Services, said that the treatment of head and neck, bladder and rectum cancers and a range of palliative therapies are also expected to be fully operational by mid-summer.
Derry Journal – Comment on this story

Cancer patients in America discover they are Bolton neighbours
TWO cancer patients, who travelled to America for live-saving treatment, discovered they were actually neighbours from Bolton. Retired teaching assistant Kath Quinn, aged 68, and Michael Saunders, aged 71, met for the first time in Jacksonville, Florida where they were getting proton beam therapy. Both were patients at The Christie in Manchester and their consultants recommended them for the therapy, which is not currently available in the UK.
The Bolton News – Comment on this story

6th February 2017

World Cancer Day: Women urged to get screened for cervical cancer
Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison has marked World Cancer Day by urging women to get screened for cervical cancer in a campaign to boost survival rates. The government says it has invested £50m in radiotherapy services over five years and recruited an additional 100 radiotherapy specialists.
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Sheffield schoolgirl who has battled brain tumour since a baby sets to fly to US for treatment
A brave Sheffield schoolgirl will fly to the US for treatment on a brain tumour she’s been battling since she was a baby. Amber Whiston, aged seven, will travel with her family to Oklahoma for Proton Beam therapy for treatment on a benign tumour in the centre of her brain.
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Builder Seddon picks charity of choice
Builder and developer Seddon has announced its charity of choice. The Bolton-based firm will be donating all cash raised to The Christie in Manchester for the next two years. The Christie, along with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was chosen as one of only two sites in the UK to provide a national high energy proton beam therapy service.
The Bolton News – Comment on this story

2nd February 2017

Yateley family hit with ‘nightmare’ news that cost of vital cancer treatment has now doubled to £340,000
A Yateley family has been hit with the devastating news that vital cancer treatment in America for their two-year-old son will now cost a total of £340,000. Abby and David Hunt were relieved late last year when the community helped raise the £150,000 they needed to stay in America and get potentially life-saving proton beam therapy for their son Freddie. But now they have been told the cost has more than doubled.
Get Hampshire – Comment on this story

1st February 2017

Praise for outstanding cancer unit with positive and compassionate staff in Wirral
A specialist cancer unit on the Wirral has been rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas by health inspectors. The report said the Clatterbridge centre had ‘some of the most advanced techniques and equipment in the country’. In radiotherapy, the inspectors reported the equipment and techniques “were some of the most advanced in the country”. Here they also found a robust leadership which contributed to a culture of improvement, and said patients were “extremely complementary about the service”.
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‘Pants man’ selfie: Prostate cancer patient Kurt Jewson shares new picture
A prostate cancer patient whose “pants man” selfie went viral has shared another picture one year on after a “pretty grotty time”. Kurt Jewson, 45, was hailed a “total hero” for sharing the picture – which showed him in his underwear with a catheter, stoma bag and scars. Now undergoing radiotherapy, he has shared another picture to encourage men to learn more about the illness.
BBC – Comment on this story

31st January 2017

KIRSTY LANG: Six weeks of radiotherapy or 30 minutes with the new breast cancer blaster… well, which would YOU choose?
BBC Radio 4 presenter, Kirsty Lang, writes about her breast cancer experience and having IORT privately, rather than six weeks of radiotherapy on the NHS. She discusses whether IORT should be made available to more women.
Daily Mail – Comment on this story

Schoolboy Taylor is face of campaign to build new cancer hospital
A Burscough schoolboy has become the face of a campaign to raise funds for a new specialist cancer hospital. Taylor Seddon, seven, was a patient at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre last year, being treated with radiotherapy for a brain tumour.
Southport Visitor – Comment on this story

30th January 2017

Women treated for precursor of breast cancer can expect to live at least as long as other women
Women treated for very early signals of breast cancer are more likely than to be alive 10 years later than the rest of the population, major research has found. Every year, 8,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with “ductal carcinoma in situ” (DCIS) – a precursor to breast cancer – and offered treatment including radiotherapy and lump or breast removal.
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Llanelli mum Nicola White is desperately campaigning to fund proton beam therapy
A Llanelli mum who has battled cancer since she was a teenager says she’s hoping to prolong her life with a relatively new form of radiotherapy. Nicola White wants to travel abroad for proton beam therapy, which is not yet widely available in the UK.
ITV – Comment on this story

27th January 2017

Family of a tot desperately needing life-saving radiotherapy not available in UK need £8,000 for US mercy trip
The family of 20-month-old Emma Beggs, who desperately needs life-saving radiotherapy not available in the UK, are trying to raise £8,000 for a life-saving trip to the US. The NHS has agreed to fund the £100,000 proton beam treatment for the 20-month-old but her family are left picking up the tab for travel and accommodation.
The Scottish Sun – Comment on this story

25th January 2017

Cambridge University Hospitals named as specialist radiotherapy centre
CUH is one of 17 radiotherapy centres in Britain chosen by NHS England to provide the specialist radiotherapy, known as Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS), to patients suffering with benign or malignant brain tumours. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a non-surgical radiation therapy used to treat functional abnormalities and small tumours of the brain. Building work is currently underway for the installation of the state-of-the-art machine to deliver the SRS – the TrueBeam™ STx with Novalis® Radiosurgery – and the service will be up-and-running later this year.
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24th January 2017

Yorkshire Cancer Research announce £7million investment
Researchers at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will join forces with The University of Manchester and specialist cancer centre The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester to improve radiotherapy treatment for patients with lung cancer. Many lung cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy, and while recent advances in this area have led to more people being cured, it can lead to severe damage to the heart.
Minster FM – Comment on this story

23rd January 2017

New treatment gives John new lease of life after cancer diagnosis
When John O’Kelly was hit with the devastating news he had prostate cancer, his world was turned upside down. Determined to carry on living life to the full John, 66, went against the advice of NHS doctors who suggested he should do nothing but watch and wait. Instead, he headed to Prague where he was treated with cutting-edge proton beam therapy, which is not available in the UK.
Peterborough Today – Comment on this story

20th January 2017

Cancer mum’s heartfelt thanks to those helping £75,000 therapy campaign
A Llanelli mum who has been given two years to live has said a big thank you to all those helping to raise £75,000 to fund proton beam therapy to prolong her life. Nicola White, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, has been told her treatment options are running out — which has sparked action from her friends and family in raising cash to help fund the therapy, most likely to take place in Switzerland.
South Wales Evening Post – Comment on this story

18th January 2017

Irish researchers make stem-cell cancer breakthrough
Irish-led researchers have found a way to make it potentially easier to kill off tumour cells and make radiotherapy more effective for people with oesophageal cancer.
Irish TimesMedical Xpress – Comment on this story

Fundraising campaign for US-bound Fife cancer tot
The family of a cancer-stricken Fife toddler is raising money to take him to America for proton beam therapy. Three-year-old Dean has a rare cancer affecting his tongue and the NHS is paying for the treatment and his parents’ travel. However, the treatment is expected to take at least eight weeks and Dean’s mother Jacqueline Buckner, of Dunfermline, is fundraising so his twin Elise and older sister Hailey, five, are not left at home.
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16th January 2017

Mother criticises lack of proton therapy centres
The mother of a teenage boy who said her son’s cancer was treated successfully by proton therapy has criticised the lack of widely available centres in the UK. Rosalie Barnes told the BBC that her 13-year-old son Alex received the treatment in the United States eight years ago. His family raised the money themselves after doctors in England told them proton therapy was expensive and unproven. The NHS have since decided to back the therapy, building two therapy centres costing £250 million – but they’re not ready yet.
Belfast Telegraph – Comment on this story

Bridlington teenager Bradley Marshall to appear on BBC Inside Out to call for proton therapy
The family of an East Yorkshire teenager who went to America for special cancer treatment are calling for funding to be made available for all children requiring the treatment. Bradley Marshall, now 17, was able to travel to the US for proton therapy to treat the tumour in the base of his spine when he was just 10 after the NHS agreed to fund his treatment.
Hull Daily Mail – Comment on this story

Cancer patient gives up traditional treatment for revolutionary proton beam therapy to avoid ruining his sex life
A prostate cancer survivor has revealed how he opted for a pioneering proton beam therapy in a bid to protect his sex life. Joe Tuftnell, 72, who was first diagnosed with a cancerous growth on his prostate in August 2012, said: “I’m fiercely independent – I didn’t want to have to suffer from incontinence or erectile problems, and I didn’t want to have to compromise the intimacy I share with my wife.”
The Sun – Comment on this story

13th January 2017

Father and son, 3, diagnosed with same rare cancer – but NHS can only offer treatment to one
A father and son diagnosed with the same cancer have been told the NHS can only offer life-saving treatment to the youngster, in a heartbreaking blow for the family. The devastated family of Nathan Lewis and his three-year-old son Thiago, of Deighton, were given the news after they were told they had the same rare condition that causes tumours to grow in the nervous system. But while Thiago will be offered treatment, the NHS has refused to fund proton beam therapy for his 30-year-old dad as recent scans have shown he now has secondary cancer.
The MirrorDaily Mail – Comment on this story

12th January 2017

The Tim Bacon Foundation launches
A new charitable foundation has been established in the name of the late Tim Bacon, restaurateur and founder of Living Ventures. The first appeal to be undertaken by the Tim Bacon Foundation will be to support The Christie Hospital and University College London in their appeal to raise funds for Proton Beam Therapy centres in Manchester and London.
Newsroom – Comment on this story

10th January 2017

Moray woman needs thousands to send tot to America for cancer treatment
A Moray woman is desperately trying to raise thousands of pounds to give her one-year-old daughter life-changing cancer treatment in America. Sonja Allan said her “world was turned upside down” when she learned that her youngest child Emma had a brain tumour. Miss Allan has been told that the best chance of reducing the risk of recurrence lies in proton therapy treatment in the United States.
The Press & Journal – Comment on this story

Brave Logan coming home to Bangor after two month cancer treatment in USA
An eight-year-old boy who spent two months in America receiving cancer treatment will return home on Monday. Logan Sellers, from Talybont near Bangor, travelled to Jacksonville in Florida on November 10th to receive proton laser therapy to treat an aggressive tumour behind his right eye.
Daily Post – Comment on this story

9th January 2017

First UK bowel cancer patient gets radiotherapy during surgery via mobile device
A 58-year-old man has become the first bowel cancer patient in the UK to receive radiotherapy during surgery using a revolutionary mobile device. It was made possible through the use of Mobetron, which is the first portable system able to administer intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy (IOERT), an intensive form of targeted radiation given at the time of surgery to treat a wide variety of advanced cancers that are difficult to remove and treat.
BTDaily Echo – Comment on this story

Ulster University scientists target pancreatic cancer
Scientists at Ulster University are leading a new research effort to increase survival rates for pancreatic cancer. The cancer has one of the lowest survival rates, with fewer than 5% of patients surviving five or more years after diagnosis. The idea is to deliver oxygen to the tumour and improve radiotherapy treatments.
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Warning over threat to cancer patient centre
Cancer patients from the Dumfries & Galloway region could be put up in hotels during radiotherapy treatment if plans to close a “marvellous facility” get the go-ahead. Concerns have been raised about the possible loss of the Pentland Lodge facility on-site at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
Daily RecordDNG24 – Comment on this story

6th January 2017

MP Alex Chalk campaigns for major investment in Cheltenham General Hospital’s cancer facilities
Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk is campaigning for major investment in cancer treatment facilities at the town’s general hospital. Mr Chalk has written to the NHS asking for state of the art radiotherapy machines at Cheltenham General Hospital to replace the older models it currently has.
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Proton therapy may improve outcomes, quality of life for anal cancer patients
A clinical trial hosted at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/UC Health Proton Therapy Center is currently examining proton therapy as a potential treatment for anal cancer. Researchers are working to use this type of radiation therapy as a means of improving outcomes for anal cancer – one of the most difficult cancers to treat without debilitating side effects.
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3rd January 2017

Royal Surrey shares in £130m radiotherapy boost
The Royal Surrey County Hospital is to share in a £130m investment to update radiotherapy services. The hospital trust is one of 15 that will receive a new state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine as part of ambitious plans from NHS England.
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SNP urged to come clean on cancer specialists plan
SNP ministers are under pressure to spell out when they will deliver the 100 extra cancer specialists they promised before the Holyrood election. In a speech she made seven weeks before election last May, Nicola Sturgeon said that the new radiotherapy experts would be hired if her party was re-elected. But the posts have not materialised and the Scottish government appears unable to say when they will.
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Australian boy at centre of cancer legal battle dies
A six-year-old boy whose cancer diagnosis sparked a high-profile legal battle in Australia has died. Doctors said Oshin Kiszko should undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat his malignant brain tumour. But his parents, Angela Kiszko and Adrian Strachan, refused treatment because of the severe side effects.
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20th December 2016

Laser therapy that can wipe out prostate cancer
Targeting prostate cancer with bursts of light could eradicate the tumours of thousands of men, a major trial has found. The technique, in which a light-sensitive chemical is activated by a laser when it reaches cancer cells, could spare many patients the trauma of surgery or radiotherapy.
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Prostate cancer news: Patient chose proton treatment to ‘protect sex life’
A prostate cancer patient has shunned NHS treatment in favour of proton therapy abroad in a bid to protect his sex life and reduce potential side-effects.
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Radio Times: How To Fit Radiotherapy In The Christmas School Holidays
In the Parent Voices section of the Huffington Post, Zuzana Brianza writes about her experiences of radiotherapy treatment in London.
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19th December 2016

This year I was diagnosed with cancer at 20 and sent to America by the NHS – as I come home for Christmas, here’s what I want people to know
Dean Eastmond writes about his experience of receiving Proton Beam Therapy in the US, which was paid for by the NHS.
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13th December 2016

What to expect from your radiotherapy treatment
A video has been developed by the radiotherapy staff at the Cancer Centre in Belfast with the support of Friends of the Cancer Centre to provide patients and their families with an insight into what radiotherapy is and what they can expect from treatment.
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9th December 2016

Southampton NHS trust set to receive £3m grant to buy new cancer-fighting equipment
Hampshire is to receive a multi–million-pound hand-out to help fight cancer. The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) will be given £3m to buy the latest radiotherapy equipment which will help save lives.
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New radiotherapy equipment to help cancer patients in Sheffield
Sheffield is set to benefit from an NHS investment in new radiotherapy machines to help cancer patients. The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of 15 across the country to receive new equipment in the fight against cancer.
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Cumbrian NHS trust to get new radiotherapy machine
A Cumbrian healthcare trust is to benefit from a new radiotherapy machine, as part of a nationwide push to improve cancer care. North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is to benefit from one of the new machines.
ITV – Comment on this story

7th December 2016

NHS England announced cancer services boost
NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens has unveiled the first tranche of hospitals that will benefit from a major national investment in NHS radiotherapy machines. Fifteen hospitals in areas where there is greatest need have now been selected to receive new LINAC linear (accelerator) machines, as part of a £130-million investment in radiotherapy technology upgrades.
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70 per cent of Brits now beating cancer ‘thanks to improved NHS diagnosis and treatment’
Thousands more people in the UK are now beating cancer thanks to earlier NHS diagnosis and treatment. More than seven in 10 patients survived for at least one year after discovering they have a common tumour in 2014. Speaking at the Britain Against Cancer conference in London, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said: “Across the country, the NHS is now making great strides in upgrading modern cancer radiotherapy equipment and ensuring faster access to the most promising new cancer drugs.”
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Killing cancer with pinpoint accuracy
Northampton General Hospital says it’s now one of the most advanced centres for radiotherapy in the country after it unveiled three new machines that can help target cancer cells more accurately. The machines called a “Linear Accelerator” uses X-rays to target and kill cancer cells with pin-point accuracy. They were funded thank to a £5.5 million of government cash.
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Lancashire to get new radiotherapy machines
Lancashire Teaching Hospital is one of just 15 hospitals in the country to be allocated funding for a new radiotherapy machine. Cancer surgery and drug therapies are available at most hospitals, but radiotherapy is only available at regional specialist cancer centres.
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5th December 2016

Prostate cancer survivor: Patient reveals £40 DIY blood test saved his life
Richard Joscelyne, 72, from Essex, bought a Bluehorizon Medicals screening kit online which helps to spot the early signs of prostate cancer – after he experienced problems urinating. Richard is calling for the NHS to routinely offer PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests to screen for the disease – something the NHS is not currently doing. Richard paid for his own private proton beam therapy treatment in Prague at a cost of almost £20,000. He said: “I’m not a wealthy man, and to me that is a hell of a lot of money, but I’ve never shirked on spending money on my health.
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Stand Up To Cancer transforms lives in Merseyside
More than £250,000 raised during Stand Up To Cancer is helping to fund a new clinical trial testing treatments for the disease on Merseyside. Professor Richard Shaw, based at the University of Liverpool, is leading the HOPON clinical trial which is looking at whether giving high pressure oxygen therapy prevents jaw bone damage after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.
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Lichfield cancer patient forced to wait almost every day for radiotherapy treatment
A Lichfield cancer patient has spoken of her frustration after enduring a six-week course of radiotherapy which saw her treatment delayed at almost every visit due to machine failure. Jan Whitehouse was treated at the Royal Derby Hospital in September and October and had to wait up to two-and-a-half hours, day after day, for a treatment session lasting just 12 minutes.
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NHS Shake-up: Here’s how Dorset cancer services would run under new plans
A single Dorset cancer service would be created to serve all three major hospitals in a bid to streamline care. The public consultation document was unclear over the future plans for cancer care however Dorset CCG later clarified the proposals would mean that: Dorset County Hospital would continue to provide surgical treatment and chemotherapy with the addition of radiotherapy; Poole Hospital would also continue to provide radiotherapy until the change date for the equipment when it will be reviewed subject to the outcome of the consultation.
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29th November 2016

First patients treated for prostate cancer at new Altnagelvin radiotherapy centre
The new radiotherapy centre at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital has treated patients for the first time. The first patients at the radiotherapy centre received treatment for prostate cancer.
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25th November 2016

New era in cancer treatment to begin as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan opens revolutionary radiotherapy machine
A pioneering new type of radiotherapy machine opened by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has the potential to transform the care of cancer patients by directing radiation even at tumours that move during treatment. The MR Linac machine is the first technology to simultaneously generate magnetic resonance images and deliver X-rays — allowing radiotherapy to be adjusted in real time and delivered more accurately and effectively than ever before. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust are the first institutions in the UK to install an MR Linac machine, with the first patients due to be treated in the second half of 2017, initially through clinical studies in hard-to-treat cancer types.
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Staff in Oxford explain exactly what radiotherapy treatment involves
Hospital staff in Oxford firmly back the Brighter Futures appeal to equip a new radiotherapy centre to be built at the Great Western Hospital. The new radiotherapy unit at the GWH, which will be operated by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will be a satellite of the Oxford cancer and haematology centre which is based at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford.
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17th November 2016

NHS England has at last listened to calls to focus on radiotherapy
Telegraph columnist, Judith Potts, writes about her experiences of radiotherapy, the work of Action Radiotherapy and the recent announcement by NHS England of increased investment in radiotherapy.
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Boy, 3, diagnosed with a rare tumour that his father also suffers from
A father-of-two and his son have both been diagnosed with the same rare type of tumour. Nathan Lewis, 30, and three-year-old Thiago, from Huddersfield, were both born with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). His only hope of being cured means raising £75,000 for pioneering proton beam therapy abroad.
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14th November 2016

£66m Radiotherapy Unit to open within weeks
The new cross-border radiotherapy unit for the north west is to open within weeks, the ‘Journal’ understands. It is believed that the first patients will also begin their treatment at the new Altnagelvin Hospital facility within weeks, with a phased introduction of services expected.
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Stoke-on-Trent family raising £30k to pay for little Riley’s cancer treatment
The family of a baby boy suffering from a rare form of cancer are trying to raise £30,000 to get him to America for treatment. Eleven-month-old Riley Clay was diagnosed with an extrarenal rhabdoid tumour, a very aggressive form of tumour, in September. His parents Naomi Banks and Rob Clay are now pinning their hopes on raising enough money to pay for potentially life-saving proton therapy in either Boston or Philadelphia.
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8th November 2016

Thousands of cancer patients forced to wait more than the two-week NHS target to see a specialist
More than 100,000 people suspected of having cancer have been forced to wait over two weeks to be seen by a specialist. New figures show that 132,138 patients in England were not seen within the required 14-day target to see a specialist or 31-day target to start treatment, last year. Patients with suspected cancer are urgently referred to an oncology specialist by their GP with most expected to be seen within two weeks. They are then meant to start treatment such as surgery or radiotherapy within 31 days after being diagnosed, or 62 days after initial consultations and tests.
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7th November 2016

Cancer treatment crowd-funding hope for nine-year-old
A nine-year-old cancer sufferer has launched a bid to crowd-fund more than £120,000 for vital treatment. Alex Goodwin was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer only affecting children, in his right thigh. His family is now hoping to raise money to pay for proton beam therapy outside the UK, because the NHS may not fund his treatment. NHS England said it based decisions on “clinical evidence” and “what is in the best interest of the patient”.
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TogetherForFreddie: Everything you need to know about proton beam therapy
Nearly £47,000 has been raised to get Yateley’s Freddie Hunt to America for proton beam therapy – but what is it and how will it help the two-year-old?
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4th November 2016

Modernising Radiotherapy Services in England – developing proposals for future service models
NHS England has published proposals for modernising radiotherapy services, to ensure that high quality, safe and effective services are accessible across the country, regardless of where patients live. NHS England is holding a webinar and four public engagement events to support the development of these proposals in Birmingham, Leeds, Reading and London.
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Royal Devon & Exeter will be one of first hospitals to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment
Better outcomes await cancer patients at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital now that it has been selected as one of the first hospitals to receive new, state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment. The RD&E and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust will both benefit under the recently announced £130m NHS England investment to upgrade radiotherapy equipment.
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3rd November 2016

Three-year-old Theo Clennon heads home from USA after completing £150k brain tumour treatment funded by residents
Three-year-old Theo Clennon is set to arrive back in Warrington today having finished treatment on a tumour in the USA. Residents raised an incredible £150,000 in order to send the town centre resident over the pond in order to have proton beam therapy.
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31st October 2016

Lego the building blocks to recovery after brain tumour
Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester has donated a specially built Lego radiotherapy machine to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre to help staff explain to children how radiotherapy works. Aasma Day talks to the mum of a Lancashire lad battling a brain tumour about how Lego has helped him in his recovery.
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Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal “ahead of schedule” towards radiotherapy target
An appeal launched by Dorset County Hospital for new radiotherapy services at the Dorchester hospital is ahead of schedule towards reaching its £1.75million target.
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28th October 2016

Beatson charity commits £850,000 for radiotherapy research
One of Scotland’s leading cancer charities has committed £850,000 to a ground-breaking radiotherapy research project which will have a significant impact on survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients across Scotland and further afield.
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27th October 2016

Radiotherapy research to help cure incurable cancers launched in Scotland
New attempts to treat incurable cancers will be tested in Scotland as part of a groundbreaking research programme. Around 200 patients a year – including some who previously would have received only palliative care – will receive the new treatment which involves using the latest precision radiotherapy. The Beatson Cancer Charity is investing £850,000, their largest ever single grant, in the project which it is hoped will improve survival and reduce the side-effects of radiotherapy.
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Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie backs £850,000 cancer project
Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie has given his backing to Beatson Cancer Charity’s new £850,000 radiotherapy project. The organisation has committed the money to an initial three-year looking at new techniques to allow higher doses of targeted radiotherapy on tumours.
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25th October 2016

UK radiotherapy upgrade ‘changes face of cancer treatment’
The National Health Service is spending £130m to upgrade radiotherapy equipment in England during the next two years to try and reverse the low use of the treatment by international standards. The money to replace or upgrade one in four radiotherapy machines is being “reprioritised” from NHS England’s existing budget. In all, 17 will be replaced this financial year and about 40 in the next year as NHS England implements the recommendations made last year by the Independent Cancer Taskforce.
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Take a deep breath! The simple but ingenious new way to protect women with breast cancer from the risks of radiotherapy
A new radiotherapy technique that protects women with breast cancer from life-threatening side-effects could soon be available to more patients. The technique, called deep inspiration breath hold, essentially means patients take a deep breath and hold it just before each radiotherapy dose is delivered.  This protects the heart from damage caused by the radiation. The breath holding technique has been shown to be a ‘very effective technique in reducing long-term side effects’ for women with left-sided breast cancer who have radiotherapy, says Professor Pat Price, a radiation oncologist and chair of Action Radiotherapy.
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Brighter Futures: Radiotherapy appeal reaches amazing £1m milestone
AFTER 16 months of tireless fundraising, the Brighter Futures radiotherapy appeal has smashed the £1m mark. It means the appeal is well on the way to hitting its £2.9m target. The appeal was launched in May 2015 to help bring cancer treatment closer to those living in Wiltshire by setting up a radiotherapy unit at the Great Western Hospital.
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19th October 2016

The Christie gets pioneering machine to reduce side effects of cancer treatment
One of the first machines in the world to be able to accurately pinpoint and treat cancer tumours is being built at The Christie. It’s hoped the revolutionary MR-linac machine will reduce the risk of side effects caused by radiotherapy, including long-term damage to key organs.
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17th October 2016

Radiotherapy talk at House of Commons
“Radiotherapy, the cancer treatment of the past or future?” was the title of a presentation delivered to members of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee (P&SC) on 10 October 2016 at the House of Commons. The talk was organised jointly by the BIR and IPEM.
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BRA-VO for Sheffield’s revolutionary breast cancer care support
Hallam University and Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust have partnered with Panache Lingerie to develop a bra that could help women undergoing breast radiotherapy. The uplifting underwear is designed to enhance accuracy of treatment, improve patient comfort and help those undergoing radiotherapy to maintain dignity during treatment.
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Brave Harvey to be treated in USA for rare brain tumour
Brave Harvey Mountain will be one of just a handful of children sent to the US for state-of-the-art proton beam treatment on a rare type of brain tumour. The NHS is paying £80,000 for the treatment after doctors decided it is the best option for Harvey.
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11th October 2016

Lanarkshire Beatson hailed as “world class” cancer centre
Lanarkshire’s newest cancer centre has been praised as “world class” for the care and support it provides. The Lanarkshire Beatson, which opened last November at a cost of £22 million, provides specialised services for cancer patients across the area. The centre is equipped with two state-of-the art linear accelerators, which deliver high energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells. It also has a CT simulator to help plan radiotherapy treatment.
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5th October 2016

New breast cancer bra which is worn during radiotherapy allows women to retain their dignity and ‘improves accuracy’
Breast cancer patients are set to benefit for the first time from a high-tech bra which preserves their dignity during radiotherapy. A nylon garment developed by scientists in Sheffield uses inflatable sections to gently position the affected breast – improving the accuracy of the procedure.
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4th October 2016

The moment a 69-year-old cancer patient met a Wimbledon superstar
A cancer patient got to meet one of the best tennis players of all time when he dropped in to his hospital last week. Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash popped into Queen’s Hospital in Romford to unveil its new £500,000 radiotherapy CT scanner.
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28th September 2016

State-of-the-art new equipment marks milestone for RUH’s Cancer Care Campaign
New state-of-the-art medical equipment has been introduced to the Royal United Hospital’s Cancer Care Campaign. The Forever Friends Appeal raised £650k towards a new Computed Tomography Simulator (CT Sim) that will allow for more complex radiotherapy treatment for the RUH’s cancer patients.
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26th September 2016

State-of-the-art cancer treatment comes to Sheffield hospital
Cancer patients in Sheffield can now access some of the world’s most advanced radiotherapy treatment thanks to new technology. Weston Park Hospital, a specialist cancer unit, will now benefit from two new state-of-the-art radiotherapy machines and two new CT scanners.
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Society of Dorset Men boosts Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal
A campaign to develop vital cancer treatment facilities in Dorchester has received a boost from the Society of Dorset Men. The organisation presented a cheque for £500 to Dorset County Hospital’s charity that is aiming to raise £1.75million for its Cancer Appeal to provide a radiotherapy service for Dorset patients who otherwise face travelling to Poole for treatment.
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20th September 2016

Businessman left £10m legacy to help others fight the cancer which killed him
An auction of vintage and rare items raised £3.6million yesterday, which will go towards Poole Hospital’s cancer care services. The 10-hour sale at Bonhams auction house in London featured items belonging to the late Robert White, a Poole businessman who left a legacy worth an estimated £10million to the hospital. The money raised in London yesterday will go towards funding a new £7m radiotherapy unit, operated by Poole Hospital’s Dorset Cancer Care team at Dorchester’s Dorset County Hospital.
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8th September 2016

Charity appeal for equipment reaches £750,000 target four months ahead of schedule
A charity appeal to buy a new machine to treat cancer patients at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) has reached its £750,000 target nearly four months early thanks to the generosity of fundraisers. Lingen Davies Cancer Fund launched the ACTION appeal in January 2015 and pledged to raise the money by the end of 2016 to help fund an additional Linear Accelerator (LINAC) for the Cancer and Haematology Centre at RSH.
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5th September 2016

Why I chose not to have surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer
Prostate cancer patients are taking part in medical trial which could mean men avoid painful operations. Dad-of-two Robert Croft explains why he took part in a trial at the ­Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Merseyside, which meant he would only need five sessions of radiotherapy.
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2nd September 2016

Poole businessman’s rare items to help fund new £7m radiotherapy unit
An auction of vintage and rare items is expected to raise more than £2million, with all proceeds going towards Poole Hospital’s cancer care services. They all belonged to the late Robert White, a Poole businessman who left a legacy worth an estimated £10m to the hospital. It will fund a new £7m satellite radiotherapy unit, operated by Poole Hospital’s Dorset Cancer Centre team.
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1st September 2016

Cancer charity SURE buys £550,000 scanner for Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital
A charity has raised £550,000 for a new scanner to help determine treatment plans for cancer patients at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital. The advanced medical imaging machine, funded by the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment, is expected to be in operation in Musgrove’s radiotherapy department from spring 2018, when the current scanner reaches the end of its serviceable life. It means that patients with most cancers can continue to be treated locally without having to travel to Bristol.
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24th August 2016

Dorset County Hospital radiotherapy appeal
A major fundraising appeal launched by Dorset County Hospital Charity has achieved almost 30 per cent of its target in just three months thanks to a swarm of generous donations. The charity’s Cancer Appeal is seeking to raise £1.75 million to support the provision of radiotherapy services at DCH.
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23rd August 2016

A new Ashya? £110k race is on to save five-year-old Nell ‘denied life-saving proton beam therapy by cruel NHS penny-pinchers’
The heartbroken parents of a little girl blocked from having life-saving cancer treatment have blasted the NHS for “playing with her life”. Nell Connick, five, who has a rare and fast-growing tumour in her spine, has been refused funding for proton beam therapy because her case is deemed “unsuitable”.
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22nd August 2016

Brexit impact on radiotherapy still unclear’
Calls are being made for the British and Irish governments to explicitly confirm that Brexit won’t impact the new cancer treatment centre in Altnagelvin. The plan for the new radiotherapy centre is to draw patients from both sides of the UK and Irish border. However, Donegal County Council are now calling for both the British and Irish governments to confirm that those plans have not been put in jeopardy by Brexit.
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Artist donates works to cancer centre where he was treated
An artist and former patient of the Dorset Cancer Centre has donated a selection of his work to brighten up the waiting area. Christian Wulff, who also used to work at Poole Hospital, underwent a course of radiotherapy there earlier this year and wanted to give back to the trust after the positive experience he had. “I was so impressed with the quality of care delivered to patients, I almost liked coming to Poole Hospital for my treatment,” said Mr Wulff.
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16th August 2016

Parents of toddler with rare cancer need help to take son to USA for treatment
A toddler from Gorton battling a rare form of cancer is being sent to America for treatment – and his parents have launched a fundraising drive so they can go with him. Work is currently underway to build a proton beam therapy unit at The Christie, but it is not set for completion until 2018, so the hospital is instead sending Ethan to Jacksonville, Florida, so he can have the treatment there.
Manchester Evening News – Comment on this story

15th August 2016

Chester man first participant of groundbreaking prostate cancer research
A prostate cancer patient from Chester was the first to take part in a groundbreaking clinical trial at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Sixty-two-year-old Robert Croft is a participant of the Prostate Advances in Comparative Evidence (PACE) trial, which aims to establish whether just five treatments of radiotherapy are as good as surgery for fighting the disease.
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10th August 2016

Prostate cancer researcher handed £1m grant for pioneering research
An Oxford researcher has been handed almost £1m from Cancer Research UK to investigate a new form of treatment for prostate cancer that could be a “game-changer”. Dr Richard Bryant, a consultant urologist and surgeon, will use the cash injection to test the new way of treating men with advanced or aggressive forms of prostate cancer alongside radiotherapy.
Oxford Mail – Comment on this story

5th August 2016

Proton Beam Therapy: What is it, who can have it, is it better than conventional cancer treatments?
Proton beam therapy is hailed by some as the new wonder-treatment for complex cancers. But is it suitable for everyone? This article explores the treatment in more detail. – Comment on this story

4th August 2016

John Newman promises brain tumour ‘will not stop his career’ as singer prepares for surgery and radiotherapy
Singer John Newman has confirmed the return of his brain tumour. In a statement, the singer reveals he is receiving treatment for the disease but vows it will not stop him from recording new music. The 26-year-old, who is currently promoting his new single with Calvin Harris, will undergo surgery and radiotherapy in 2017 to treat the tumour.
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Skegness man living proof of pioneering cancer trial
A Skegness pensioner is giving the thumbs-up to a pioneering treatment for prostate cancer after being involved in a national clinical trial. Raymond Hutchinson, 74, has benefitted from a quicker and more convenient radiotherapy treatment which has reduced the number of times he had to travel to Lincoln for treatment.
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28th July 2016

Woman’s radiotherapy treatment features in billboard campaign
A woman’s cancer treatment has been captured in a powerful national campaign. Christine Metcalfe features in a series of posters displayed around the country as she is shown undergoing radiotherapy treatment for oropharyngeal cancer. Cancer Research UK’s Right Now campaign shows real patients photographed during treatment.
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22nd July 2016

Carmarthenshire boy flies out to USA for life-saving proton treatment
A Carmarthenshire schoolboy will tomorrow fly out to America for proton beam therapy in his fight against cancer. Ten-year-old Stanley Harry will be joined by mum Sarah and sisters Millie, aged 17, and Phoebe, aged 12. Farmer dad Andrew, aged 50, is unable to spend a full nine weeks away from his dairy herd so will join them later, to be with his boy during treatment.
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20th July 2016

Treatment time cut for prostate cancer patients at Southend Hospital
CANCER patients at Southend Hospital could see their visits cut by 75 per cent, after it announced a trial to bring in ’more effective treatment’. The trial, for patients undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, is due to start in August. The patients currently receive 38 individual deliveries of a dose called ‘fractions’ over seven to eight weeks.
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Cancer treatment centre in Northumberland backed with grant from Journal’s Let’s Grow fund
A bid to set up a UK-leading cancer treatment centre in Northumberland has been backed with a large grant from The Journal’s Let’s Grow programme. Proton Partners International has been awarded a £450,000 to help set up the country’s first proton beam therapy centre at the Earth Balance site at Bomarsund, near Bedlington.
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Appeal to help fund world class cancer centre for west Dorset
A world class cancer centre for the people of West Dorset. This is what is promised as Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, in partnership with Dorset County Hospital charity, embarks on an exciting project which will see radiotherapy services come to Dorchester. Funding for the new radiotherapy equipment and building, which are central to the overall project, has been secured but help is needed to develop the outpatients department and re-configure the chemotherapy suite.
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18th July 2016

Chelmsford’s new £7m cancer centre is opened by pro snooker player
A professional snooker player who battled back from testicular cancer was the guest of honour as Chelmsford’s first ever radiotherapy unit opened its doors to the public. A state-of-the-art machine has been installed at the Springfield Cancer Centre, a £7 million new build on the Lawn Lane site of Springfield Hospital, and was unveiled by sportsman Ali Carter.
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Cancer patients to benefit from new state-of-the-art technology
New state-of-the-art medical equipment is set to bring a fresh wave of hope to cancer patients at two hospitals. Radiotherapy staff at King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital in Romford had their new £500,000 CT scanner delivered as part of a general overhaul of the department. The new scanner is quicker and more efficient than existing equipment at the two hospitals managed by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.
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Operation to allow cancer boy to be a father later in life
A six-year-old brain cancer patient has become one of the first boys in Europe to receive a state-of-the-art procedure which means he will be able to father children later in life. Charlie, from Aberdeen, is currently being treated at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Over a five-month period he has received 31 sessions of radiotherapy to treat his brain tumour – and he is currently in the middle of a four-session radiotherapy schedule.
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14th July 2016

Cyclists fund new cancer treatment thanks to 24-hour London to Paris ride
Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for radiotherapy equipment by a group of intrepid cyclists. The team of 58 riders, made up of medical staff, patients and family members from Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton, cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours. The event raised more than £65,000 which will go towards the cost of running a new ‘Mobetron’ device at Southampton Hospital.
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12th July 2016

Storm Trooper radiotherapy mask for cancer patient boy
A 10 year-old boy from Morecambe in Lancashire got a special surprise from hospital workers when they found out that he was a huge fan of Star Wars. Caring staff at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre designed Reece Holt’s radiotherapy mask to resemble the characters from the films.
ITV – Comment on this story

11th July 2016

Teen with rare brain tumour hopes NHS will fund treatment in America
A teenager with a rare brain tumour from Great Yarmouth is hoping the NHS will pay for her to go to America for life-saving treatment because it isn’t available here. Abbie Boast, who’s 13, needs proton beam therapy.
ITV – Comment on this story

8th July 2016

Little Noah fights back against eye cancer after proton beam treatment in Florida
Twenty-two month old Noah Edgar was diagnosed with a retinoblastoma, a rare malignant tumour of the eye. For his proton beam therapy, the family flew out to the University Of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute in America.
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6th July 2016

North-east school boy undergoes treatment for rare bone cancer in America
Nine-year-old Finlay Thompson is in Oklahoma receiving two months of proton therapy for a rare bone cancer. He has gone through nine rounds of chemotherapy and will undergo an operation on his pelvis later this year.
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4th July 2016

Thousands of patients could be denied life-extending drugs and treatment in wake of Brexit
Thousands of patients could be denied life-extending drugs and treatment in the wake of Brexit. NHS bosses have delayed funding for vital medicines and services because the fall in the value of the pound means they may no longer be able to afford them. Decisions on funding for robotic surgery, targeted radiotherapy for renal, spinal and pelvic cancer and medication for a rare condition called Takayasu arteritis, which causes swelling of the blood vessels, are also under consideration.
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Scotland’s radiotherapy lottery – where do patients get the latest precision treatment?
A leading cancer charity is calling on NHS Scotland to reveal how many patients are missing out on the latest precision radiotherapy – which is considered standard treatment in many parts of the world. Cancer Research UK says an investigation by The Herald has highlighted “significant differences” in the radiotherapy treatment offered by different health boards and says clear information about where modern forms are being used should be available to patients and doctors.
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Pioneering new radiotherapy treatment at a Newcastle hospital is set to save lives
Pioneering treatment to help blast life-threatening brain tumours and save hundreds of lives is now available at a cancer centre in Newcastle. The Freeman Hospital’s Northern Centre for Cancer has now been named as a specialist provider for an advanced form of radiotherapy for the tumours.
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1st July 2016

Doctors at Southampton General Hospital to perform UK’s most advanced brain tumour operations
Doctors in Southampton are set to perform the most advanced and specialist forms of treatment for brain tumours in the country. University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of just 16 centres in the UK selected to carry out an advanced type of treatment for brain tumours. The treatment involves using advanced technology which enables doctors to shoot precise beams of radiation into the tumour.
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30th June 2016

Brexit will not affect cross border Radiotherapy Unit
The Department of Health has said that Brexit will have “no impact” on the £66m cross-border Radiotherapy Unit due to open at Altnagelvin next month. Cancer survivors in the north west had called on the Health Ministers on both sides of the border to reaffirm their commitment to the £66m facility.
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Why Swindon desperately needs its own treatment centre
The GWH’s Brighter Futures appeal is aiming to raise more than £2m to equip a new radiotherapy centre at the hospital. Tom Francis, 76, made the daily journey from Swindon to Oxford to receive life-saving radiotherapy treatment and shares his experience.
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27th June 2016

Cancer treatment trialled at Hove hospital improves patient experience
A woman successfully treated for breast cancer with a new type of radiotherapy is backing calls for it to become available for all patients with the disease. Judy Walsh from Brighton has now been cancer free for two years but says having one single dose of radiotherapy instead of a course made a major difference. Her doctors recommended she have breast conserving surgery followed by a single dose of intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) instead of having daily treatment.
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Callum gets on his bike to fund cutting-edge cancer treatment
A radiotherapy physicist was among 30 members of staff from two hospitals who took part in a 220-mile cycle ride recently to raise money for a new specialist cancer treatment which is to become available in the UK in 2018. Callum Gillies (24), a radiotherapy physicist at University College London Hospital, was among those who joined a group from the Christie NHS Foundation Trust to ride from Manchester to London to raise funds for the UK’s first NHS high-energy proton-beam therapy centres.
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24th June 2016

Top service for lung patients
Lung cancer patients in South Tyneside are receiving swifter treatment according to latest figures. South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s lung cancer lead, consultant respiratory physician Dr Liz Fuller, said: “We have been able to offer new forms of radiotherapy, including SABR – stereotactic radiotherapy, which has an excellent chance for a cure.”
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Dame Judi Dench opens £8.9m Brighton radiotherapy centre
Dame Judi Dench opened a new radiotherapy centre in Brighton yesterday. The actress formally opened the Park Radiotherapy Centre, in Preston Road, Brighton, where she met the NHS team behind the £8.9 million project.
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21st June 2016

Hard-and-fast prostate radiotherapy ‘a win-win for NHS’
The NHS could save money and patients’ time by giving fewer but stronger doses of radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer, say experts. The UK doctors told the Lancet Oncology there was now enough proof the hard-and-fast treatment worked just as well and did not cause more side-effects. For a patient, the new regime would mean 17 fewer trips to hospital.
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Access to advanced brain treatments set to double
NHS England says that the number of patients receiving an innovative treatment for brain tumours will more than double over the next three years as part of its national cancer strategy. It has announced the awards of new contracts to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy. More than 6,200 patients a year are expected to benefit from these services by 2018/9, compared to just over 2,400 in 2014/15.
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Mum refuses radiotherapy for her toddler’s brain tumour after NHS vetoes proton beam treatment
The mum of a toddler ­who ­survived a rare brain tumour ­despite ­being given eight weeks to live is facing a new battle. Natalie Hayward desperately wants two-year-old Theo Clennon to have ­proton beam therapy, like the treatment given to little Aysha King. But the NHS will not fund the costs of the treatment saying Theo’s type of cancer is too aggressive.
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NHS team to complete cycle ride to raise money for new state of the art cancer centres
A project accountant for the NHS is taking part in a 220-mile cycle ride to raise money to go towards new cancer treatment centres. Steve Last, from Myland in Colchester, works at the University College London Hospital, where he has organised, along with 30 staff, to take complete the cycle ride from Manchester’s Christie Hospital to London’s UCLH in two days.
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17th June 2016

Staff get on their bikes for proton beam therapy centre
Members of staff from UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust are joining forces to complete a bike ride fundraising for the UK’s first NHS high energy proton beam therapy centres.
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7th June 2016

Thanks a million! Appeal for Leeds cancer centre hits £10m goal
A landmark appeal to raise £10m for a specialist cancer centre at a Leeds hospital has hit its target. The fundraising means that the Leeds Cancer Centre at St James’s Hospital provides patients with cutting-edge treatment in a calming and relaxing environment. The Yorkshire Evening Post backed £3m of the fundraising, which was to pay for two of the most advanced radiotherapy machines available, and huge support from readers meant that amount was reached in just over a year.
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6th June 2016

Shorter courses of radiotherapy ‘do not affect cancer patients’ survival rates’, research shows
Cancer patients can have shorter courses of radiotherapy without affecting their survival, research suggests. A clinical trial of patients with lung cancer found they were just as likely to live if they had radiotherapy once a day for six-and-a-half weeks, as if they had it twice a day for three weeks. The study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago, was carried out on people with small cell lung cancer that had not spread around the body.
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2nd June 2016

Derry mum thanks ‘absolute gentleman’ James McClean
The mother of a Derry girl with a rare form of cancer has thanked Republic of Ireland star, James McClean, for donating £1,000 to help pay for specialist treatment in America. Sharon McCleary’s four year-old daughter, Darragh, has rhabdomyosarcoma and is currently receiving chemotherapy treatment but has been accepted to undergo specialist proton therapy in Florida.
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1st June 2016

Parents desperately fundraising for baby’s life-saving cancer treatment
The parents of an 18-month-old boy who needs a life-saving operation have made an emotional appeal for the £150,000 needed for his treatment. Jabob Withers needs to travel to the United States for proton beam therapy to tackle an aggressive brain tumour.
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Appeal to help Derry tot Darragh battle rare cancer
A four-year-old Derry girl diagnosed with a rare cancer behind the eye is set to go to America for ground-breaking proton beam therapy. On February 13 last, Sharon McCleary’s daughter, Darragh, was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that affects less than 60 children a year in Britain, most of them younger than 10-years-old.
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Girl, 8, diagnosed with rare cancer after her mum spotted a lump which looked like a bite
An eight-year-old girl was diagnosed with a tumour wrapped around her cheekbone after her mother spotted a lump which looked exactly like an insect bite. Tracey Payton from Stockport, Greater Manchester saw the lump on her daughter Emma’s face in Egypt during their family holiday and visited the GP as soon as they got home. A doctor initially thought Emma may have a blocked saliva gland, but an MRI scan revealed she had soft tissue cancer. Emma, now 10, needed to have a facial surgery and chemotherapy, followed by a proton beam therapy in Oklahoma, which was funded by NHS and a charity.
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31st May 2016

All clear! Cancer lad snubbed by NHS is saved by generous Sun readers who donated £140k for his treatment
The parents of a cancer-stricken toddler who raised £140,000 for lifesaving treatment refused on the NHS last night thanked Sun readers for their generosity after he was given the all clear. Little Alexander Vinson, three, needed specialist proton beam therapy available in the US for a rare brain tumour — but faced a near impossible feat to raise the huge sum of cash to send him to the States.
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Prostate cancer treatment developed in Leeds is hailed in new study
It was pioneered in Leeds – and now new research has found that an ingenious prostate cancer treatment offers the best chance of long-term survival. LDR brachytherapy provides patients with a form of internal radiotherapy as radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate gland in a procedure lasting less than an hour.
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Campaign to bring radiotherapy unit to Great Western Hospital raised nearly £2,000 every day last year
The campaign to bring a radiotherapy centre to Swindon, slashing travel time for cancer patients in north Wiltshire receiving treatment, has received nearly £2,000 a day over the past year. The £2.9 million appeal hopes to fund the equipment at the heart of a new Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust radiotherapy unit on the Great Western Hospital site in Swindon.
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27th May 2016

Appeal for toddler’s £150k life-saving cancer treatment
A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise £150,000 to send a toddler diagnosed with a brain tumour to America for life-saving cancer treatment not available on the NHS. Jacob Withers was first diagnosed with a grade three Glioma in the brain stem in November 2015 and requires proton beam therapy treatment.
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26th May 2016

Victoria Derbyshire’s breast cancer treatment ends
BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire has completed six weeks of radiotherapy, her last major treatment for breast cancer. She reflects on this final stage, and looks to the future.
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25th May 2016

Elvis impersonator sees prostate cancer removed in an hour thanks to new treatment
Within 48 hours of having his prostate cancer operation, Elvis impersonator Alan Moore was back on stage performing his idol’s greatest hits to the delight of his fans. The 58-year-old great-grandfather from Codnor, Derbyshire, who was diagnosed with the disease in October 2014, was told he would need to have his prostate gland removed. Yet thanks to a minimally invasive treatment called low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy, Alan was on the road to recovery within hours of having his procedure.
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23rd May 2016

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation funds new research role for better cancer treatments
Funds raised by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation have helped to pay for a new research role to find better treatments for cancer patients. The new Consultant Clinical Scientist, Neil Richmond, will take on the task of improving radiotherapy, leading treatment development and using new software to fight against the killer disease.
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20th May 2016

Trio raise funds for new cancer centre in Colchester
A trio of staff in Colchester’s radiotherapy centre are to plunge from the skies to raise money for a new cancer centre. Radiographer Ali Hughes-Jones, Gemma Steggles, who is a radiotherapy support officer and Hayley Cole, who is a radiotherapy dietician, are all taking part in the sky dive next month. Their challenge has been inspired by the £4.5 million bid for a new cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital.
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18th May 2016

Brighter Futures named as new Mayor’s chosen charity
The new Mayor of Swindon has named Brighter Futures as his chosen charity for 2016/17 ahead of his appointment on Friday, 20 May. Eric Shaw said: “Hundreds of Swindon patients are having to make an average of 40 journeys to Oxford or Bath to receive the radiotherapy treatment they so urgently need. Each journey they make is a 70-mile round trip, so the time, cost and stress experienced by patients and their families is enormous. I would encourage everyone to do what they can to raise the £2.9 million needed to help bring radiotherapy to Swindon. I am proud to be supporting Brighter Futures during my Mayoral year.”
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16th May 2016

Cancer treatment kit renewal at Leeds hospitals
Radiotherapy equipment at Leeds hospitals is to be renewed thanks to a multi-million pound deal. When the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital opened in 2007, it housed state-of-the-art cancer treatment machines and the new deal will see equipment replaced systematically over four years so the Leeds Cancer Centre will continue to offer the most advanced technology in the UK.
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12th May 2016

Parents’ plea for cash to get little girl with tennis ball–sized tumour Proton therapy
Grace Walker was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just days before Christmas last year, and developed a tennis ball-sized tumour in her cheek. But having gone through six phases of chemotherapy and two extremely invasive surgeries, the little girl desperately needs a form of Proton therapy only available overseas.
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10th May 2016

Broomfield Hospital surgeons’ cycle to Norwich raises £2,600 for cancer therapy machine
Plastic surgeons at Broomfield Hospital cycled to join an international conference in Norwich and raise money for a machine to reduce the “painful” after-effects which can occur after surgery or radiotherapy treatment for cancer. The group of five’s 95 mile endeavour to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital raised £2,665 towards a £22,000 perometer, which measures the amount of fluid built up in a patient’s limbs when they suffer from lymphoedema, a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues.
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3rd May 2016

Dorset County Hospital launches £1.75m Cancer Appeal
A major appeal is being launched today to help improve the lives of cancer patients in Dorset. Dorset County Hospital’s campaign, backed by the Dorset Echo, aims to raise £1.75m to help provide radiotherapy services in the west of the county for the first time.
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