News from Radiotherapy Centres


News from Radiotherapy Centres

Please click on the links below to find the latest developments and initiatives from hospitals in the UK and Ireland.

20 November 2017
Cancer surviver backs calls for Kendal radiotherapy unit
A cancer sufferer from South Lakeland forced to spend up to five hours travelling for radiotherapy treatment has backed calls for a local service.

17 November 2017
Brighter Futures radiotherapy appeal £100k off Christmas Target
HOSPITAL fundraisers are celebrating after the radiotherapy appeal hits £1.9million. The new total pushes Great Western Hospital’s Brighter Futures campaign one step closer to its goal of hitting £2million by Christmas. Fundraisers need to raise £2.9million to kit out a much-needed radiotherapy unit at the Marlborough Road hospital.

16 November 2017
South Cumbria cancer patients should not have to endure a three-hour round trip for treatment
Currently, people needing radiotherapy treatment not only face the emotional and physical challenges that cancer brings, they can also face a two to three-hour daily round trip down to Preston. The National Radiotherapy Advisory Group recommends that no one is more than 45 minutes from a treatment unit.

16 November 2017
Farron hosts radiotherapy reception in parliament
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has held a special radiotherapy reception in Parliament as part of his campaign to bring a radiotherapy unit to Westmorland General Hospital. The reception was also held to highlight that radiotherapy should receive continued attention and investment from Government and NHS England, and that access needs to be improved.

9 November 2017
Cancer patients to benefit from Royal Marsden’s new £10m MRI machine
Thousands of cancer patients a year are to be offered “game-changing” treatment at a London hospital using one of the world’s most advanced radiotherapy machines. The Royal Marsden will be the first hospital in Britain to use a £10 million MR Linac, which delivers precision blasts of radiotherapy to 3mm accuracy while scanning patients in “real time” to ensure the tumour is targeted.

19 October 2017
Worcestershire Oncology Centre has treated nearly 3,000 radiotherapy patients since it opened
Thousands of cancer patients have received life saving radiotherapy on their doorstep thanks to a state-of-the-art oncology centre, preventing them having to travel out of county for their care. Worcestershire patients previously had to travel to Cheltenham, Coventry and Wolverhampton for radiotherapy before the opening of the £22.5 million oncology centre in Worcester nearly three years ago.

19 October 2017
Romford Hospital celebrates arrival of state-of-the-art radiotherapy machines
Queen’s Hospital is celebrating this week after obtaining two new radiotherapy machines that will improve their radiotherapy treatment even further and cut patient treatment time by half. The oncology unit has obtained two Varian Halcyon machines, the first in the UK, which will help in the treatment of cancer by not only cutting the treatment time, but also minimising human error and increasing reliability and accuracy.

25 September 2017
Q&A: Comprehensively Beating Cancer
Comprehensive cancer centres bring experts from a range of disciplines together and they’re making significant breakthroughs – we find out why this approach to research and treatment is proving so effective.

22 September 2017
New cancer and kidney treatment centres officially open in part of £30m redevelopment project at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup
New treatment centres for cancer and for kidney dialysis have officially opened in Sidcup as part of a £30m redevelopment project at the hospital site. Guy’s Cancer at QMH means that radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment is available outside central London for people who struggle to travel in from the south east.

21 September 2017
Patients raise concern at Dorset CCG service reshuffle
Dorset CCG unveiled its recommendations for the area last week, which are targeting efficiencies that can take a chunk out of the £158m deficit expected by the organisation by 2021.

19 September 2017
Colchester hospital charity’s cancer centre campaign fundraising smashes through £2.5milllion barrier
Fundraisers are celebrating after reaching a massive milestone in their bid to build a new cancer treatment centre. The Gazette-backed Cancer Centre Campaign hopes to raise £3.25million to build a state-of-the art facility at Colchester General Hospital in Turner Road.

19 September 2017
MP relaunches campaign for radiotherapy in the South Lakes
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has relaunched his campaign to bring a radiotherapy unit to Westmorland General Hospital.

2 September 2017
Littlemore medical centre one of the first in Europe to offer cancer patients new treatment
A medical centre in Littlemore is one of the first in Europe to offer a new type of radiotherapy for cancer patients. For many women radiotherapy tattoos are a permanent reminder of their cancer treatment. But now GenesisCare, in Sandy Lane West, will use a ‘tattoo-less’ radiotherapy called SGRT as an alternative to the permanent tattoo markings, which normally occur from radiotherapy.

20 August 2017
£3m boost for cancer centres in Edinburgh and Glasgow
The ECMCs aim to bring better treatments to cancer patients in the UK faster via both the adult and children’s network of centres. These are hubs where promising cancer treatments – including small molecule drugs, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy and vaccines – are safely tested through clinical trials.

14 August 2017
Milton Keynes hospital reveals its £50million plans
Milton Keynes Hospital bosses have revealed details of their £50million plans for a new cancer treatment centre, radiotherapy centre, and multi-storey car park.

06 August 2017
Our pioneering technology: Radiotherapy and Radiology
Over the years, The Royal Marsden’s research into radiotherapy and radiology has laid the foundations for today’s pioneering technology

05 August 2017
Addenbrookes staff dedicate new suite to former head of department
Staff at Addenbrookes Hospital’s radiotherapy department have paid tribute to a much-missed colleague. They’ve opening a brand new radiosurgery suite in her name. Kath Walker was the head of the department when she was killed in a helicopter crash, along with her partner Andy Virco, in New Zealand in 2015.

04 August 2017
Proton Partners chief sets out UK-wide ambitions
The chief executive of Proton Partners International, the company behind the Rutherford Cancer Centres, has revealed his ambition to develop a UK-wide network of the cancer treatment facilities. Mike Moran was speaking in an interview featured in the latest edition of the Wales Business Insider.

03 August 2017
More patients than ever gain access to clinical trials
The number of patients benefiting from clinical research trials at The Christie has almost doubled in the past year. New figures published  by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) show that Manchester’s specialist cancer centre had 76% more participants involved in clinical research studies in the past year.

01 August 2017
Bouygues’ flagship London cancer hospital runs into delays
Construction delays have pushed a flagship NHS project back by a year, Building can reveal. The £190m project to build a state-of-the-art cancer hospital (pictured) in the heart of London will not be ready to start treating patients until 2020, rather than 2019 as previously anticipated. The new hospital will offer proton beam therapy – an advanced type of radiotherapy which can be targeted so precisely that cancer cells can be destroyed without the collateral damage caused by conventional radiotherapy.

01 August 2017
Home grown research in radiotherapy takes root at University Hospital Southampton
The radiotherapy research team at University Hospital Southampton is the largest in Wessex and has just presented its first ever home grown research study. Radiographer Kim Meeking– featured in the first issue of VISION – believes very firmly in putting the patient at the centre and developed the idea for the study with her team while undertaking the NIHR Masters in Clinical Research (MRes).

20 July 2017
Condemned tower block to make way for cancer centre at Cumberland Infirmary
A condemned tower block at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary is set to be replaced with a new state of the art cancer centre. Up to £50m will be spent overhauling cancer services, meaning many patients will no longer need to travel outside the county. It is part of a wider investment of up to £105m in health services across north and west Cumbria announced by the Government.

17 July 2017
New Christie Outreach in New Mills
Manchester’s specialist cancer centre, The Christie, has launched a new chemotherapy service in New Mills, Derbyshire, so that more cancer patients from the local area, can access its first class chemotherapy treatment closer to home.

15 July 2017
£3.4m Pencoed radiology and imaging academy plan unveiled
A new academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals is to be created in Wales with £3.4m of Welsh Government funding. The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed, Bridgend, and is due to be up and running by mid-2018.

14 July 2017
Building for the future
With five storeys below ground and a depth of 28.5 metres, it is big enough to contain the Royal Albert Hall. This basement will be home to one of two world-class NHS high energy proton beam therapy centres.

10 July 2017
More than 70 extra NHS beds in new £65m hospital to be built at QE
A new £65million hospital providing more than 70 new beds for NHS patients is set to be built on the site of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The development will also include 66 beds for private patients and will include a new radiotherapy unit and access to state-of-the-art operating theatres.

09 July 2017
Boost for Radiotherapy at Royal Surrey
Radiotherapy services at Guildford’s Royal Surrey County Hospital will be boosted by a brand new state-of-the art linear accelerator.

05 July 2017
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
A new linear accelerator (LINAC) machine is now in use in The Deanesly Centre at New Cross Hospital for radiotherapy, with each arc of treatment taking 90 seconds rather than five to ten minutes, as was previously experienced

04 July 2017
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Southampton General Hospital bolsters radiotherapy planning with training on new patient positioning systems

22 June 2017
The Christy NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester
State of the art cancer-treating cyclotron arrives at UK’s first NHS high energy proton beam centre at The Christy

17 January 2017
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust open its new state-of-the-art Cancer Centre

17 November 2016
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Southend Hospital enhances radiotherapy treatment and comfort for patients with lung and oesophageal cancer

28 April 2016
St Luke’s Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital
St Luke’s Cancer Centre, part of the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has transformed the way it delivers prostate brachytherapy with the use of SpaceOAR® hydrogel from Oncology Systems Limited.

19 April 2016
Altnagevin radiotherapy facility, Ireland
The New Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital

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