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Cancer centre opens doors to first patients.

Byline: HANNAH GRAHAM Reporter

LIVES are being saved at a new cancer centre which has just opened.

The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, at Bomarsund near Bedlington in Northumberland, offers conventional cancer treatments including chemotherapy and immunotherapy. And it's set to provide high energy proton beam therapy, available by spring next year.

Although it's only thought to be suitable for around one in 100 cancer cases, the therapy is useful for treating cancer in critical areas when it is important to reduce damage to surrounding tissue as much as possible. It is used most often to treat brain tumours in young children whose organs are still developing, or in adults where the tumour sits near a site where damage would cause serious complications, like the optic nerve.

Another Rutherford Centre, in Wales, was the first in the country to treat a cancer patient with the therapy, and bosses say patients are now travelling from across the UK and abroad to use it.

We see as being part community The North East those who high quality centre will treat selffunded patients and those covered by medical insurance, and will accept referrals from the NHS if the body chooses to commission the centres to provide proton beam therapy.

Professor Karol Sikora, chief medical officer of Proton Partners International, which runs the Rutherford centres, said: "The opening of our second all-encompassing cancer centre will deliver significant benefit to cancer treatment in the UK.

"This centre will help transform lives and will mean that more patients who need proton beam therapy will not have to travel abroad in future to receive it."

It's also predicted to bring economic benefits to Northumberland.

CEO Mike Moran added: "Each Rutherford Cancer Centre will bring around PS20m in additional revenue to the local region through the construction and running of each, as well as the employment opportunities a centre of this kind affords.

"Wherever possible, we sourced all materials for the centre's completion locally, and we see this centre as being an integral part of the community for those who need access to high quality cancer treatment."

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Proton Partners International is also building two further UK centres in Reading and Liverpool, and aims to have a centre within 90 minutes of 75% of the UK population by 2021.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 23, 2018
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