First Proton Beam Therapy Solution Fired in UK

The first successful firing of a high-energy proton beam happened during testing at The Rutherford Cancer Centre, South Wales.

The first proton beam therapy solution - the Proteus®ONE system - was fired at the Proton Partners International cancer centre in Newport, South Wales. The system is preparing to become fully operational, with The Rutherford Cancer Centre recently opening to accept patient referrals. It is anticipated that patients will be treated with the revolutionary therapy as early as early 2018.  

The centre will be equipped to provide both conventional and proton beam therapy treatment for private and NHS referred patients.

The Proteus®ONE system will have a single room for advanced imaging techniques to be carried out. Tumours will be targeted with Cone Beam CT, a volumetric image of the tumour and the body.

Proton Partners International will build a series of oncology centres across the UK to meet the growing demand for all-encompassing cancer services, including high energy proton beam therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging and wellbeing services. Each centre will install the same Proteus®ONE system as its other centres currently being developed in Northumberland, Reading and Liverpool.

Professor Karol Sikora, chief medical officer of Proton Partners International, said: “The availability of proton beam therapy treatment in the UK will have a significant impact on cancer treatment. We believe around 10% of all cancer patients could benefit from a very precise form of treatment. Furthermore, it will mean that patients who need this type of treatment will not have to travel abroad in future to receive it."

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