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 today 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.