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 now available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North West in Liverpool.
This month is Cancer Immunotherapy Month. It’s an annual global awareness and education programme that shares information about this new type of cancer treatment. As you’ll discover, more types of immunotherapy are being developed all the time as researchers look for promising new cancer treatments.
Immunotherapy is different from other types of cancer treatment because it uses the body’s own immune system to identify and fight cancer cells. It’s the standard treatment for certain cancers such as melanoma.
It is also being trialled for other types, but it’s not right for everyone. Immunotherapy can be used alone or alongside other treatments such as chemotherapy. Some types of immunotherapy are also known as ‘targeted treatments,’ or ‘biological therapies’.
Using immunotherapy as part of cancer treatment can give the immune system the right defences to work more effectively against cancer. Read more about how immunotherapy works.
During June, various educational and social events have been organised to raise global awareness of the treatment. These include:
Thursday 4th June -Blog: ASCO 2020 Recap - an opportunity for healthcare professionals to learn more about the latest research and innovations in immunotherapy.
Sunday 7th June isNational Cancer Survivors Day® - a celebration for people who have come through cancer and want to help inspire and support those recently diagnosed, their families and communities.
Friday 12th June -Wear White for a Future Immune to Cancer: to join in just wear any white outfit, make a sign to explain why, and take a selfie or group photo with the sign. Then share your photo, using #Immune2Cancer, on your social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube).
And throughout June, you can read patient stories about their experiences of immunotherapy treatment. These include Oswald’s Immunotherapy Story, an account of his treatment for Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer – today he is cancer-free. And Debbie’s Story about being treated with immunotherapy for Stage 4 kidney cancer. You can also take the Cancer Immunotherapy Quiz to test yourself on different aspects of the science, history, development and impact of cancer immunotherapy.
Your medical team will work with you to decide the right treatment for you, whether that includes immunotherapy, chemotherapy or a combination of cancer treatments. If you have any questions about these treatments, please contact the team at Rutherford Cancer Centres.