Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy that delivers heavily charged protons in a more targeted manner to reduce damage to peripheral tissue and organs. Its accuracy means that it can help reduce unwelcome side effects.
Professor Karol Sikora, chief medical officer of Rutherford Health Plc which operates the Rutherford Cancer Centres, said: “UK cancer care has made major strides over the past year thanks to a complementary mix of private and public facilities but rising demand for precision radiotherapy means that there is still some way to go. Based on treatment rates in other advanced European countries, the UK may need approximately 18 proton beam therapy facilities in the years to come.”
Mike Moran, chief executive of Rutherford Health Plc, said: “The opening of our latest proton beam therapy suite marks a major milestone for advanced cancer care in the UK. It is remarkable that just over a year ago, there were no such facilities in the UK. Patients who needed proton beam therapy had to travel abroad which involves considerable cost and inconvenience, we now have three centres with more on the way. It reflects the rising demand for proton beam therapy and we are determined to ensure cancer patients can receive the treatment that they need without facing any delays or having to travel abroad.”