Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of external radiotherapy that uses high-energy proton beams instead of photon x-ray beams or electrons. Carefully measured doses of protons are delivered to the precise area needing treatment, using the latest IBA ProteusONE technology. This ensures that the delivery of proton beam therapy is highly accurate and prevents the risk of radiation reaching surrounding healthy tissue.
Radiotherapy is used to kill and destroy cancer cells. It utilises radiation in the form of high-energy x-rays, known as photons, to kill and damage the cancerous cells and prevent their growth and reproduction. It can be used as a non-surgical option to treat cancer, and it can also be used to shrink a tumour or in combination with other treatments.
The Rutherford Cancer Centres and Elekta are bringing the next generation of personalised adaptive radiotherapy technology to oncology centres across the UK, with the new MR-linac Elekta Unity available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North West in Liverpool from late 2020.
Our imaging services are accessible to self-pay patients, those with private medical insurance and NHS patients (subject to approval), and are available to patients who need diagnostic scanning to identify a range of medical conditions, not just cancer. We are approved by insurers in the networks of all national private medical insurers and offer a high-quality diagnostic imaging service with flexible appointments and rapid and detailed reporting to help clinicians diagnose with confidence.
We can offer: MRI scans, CT scans, Ultrasound and Mammography (for breast screening).
Across our network of centres, services may vary across different regions, so please see our Imaging@Rutherford page for more details.