Proton cancer therapy comes to Reading

Fri 10 August 2018, 4:47 pm

The first proton beam therapy system in the south of England has been installed in a cancer centre in the Thames Valley Science Park, giving 500 people a year the most advanced cancer care possible.

High-energy proton beam therapy is particularly effective in tackling hard to reach tumours and treating children without damaging healthy tissue.

The core elements of the proton beam therapy system – a 52-ton cyclotron and gantry – were lowered into place on 8 August at the £30 million Rutherford Cancer Centre by IBA, a leading international provider of proton therapy solutions.

Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, which is creating a network of Rutherford Cancer Centres, said: “It’s wonderful to see another of our centres move closer to providing proton beam therapy treatment here in the UK. The Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley is particularly exciting. Its close proximity to London and Heathrow allows for it to become a hub for patients in the South of England or those travelling to the UK for treatment.”

“While we know that proton therapy is not a panacea for all cancers, we have already seen the hugely positive results it can bring to patients at our centre in South Wales, and I look forward to us being able to offer that treatment across the UK.”

The mayor of Wokingham Borough, John Kaiser, said: “With the centre based in the Thames Valley Science Park, it’s also great to see Berkshire continue to emerge on the global stage as a biotech and science hub.”

The Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley opened for treatments such as radiotherapy in August 2018, with the first proton beam therapy patient expected to be treated next year.


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