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.
The radiotherapy treatment comes from an electrical machine called a ‘Linear accelerator’ and is directed as a beam to the part of the body that needs to be treated. Treatment is given daily over a period of days or weeks and you may hear people call these treatments ‘fractions’. They are just a fraction of your treatment dose and plan.
Chemotherapy at the Rutherford takes place in our modern therapy suites, consisting of up to ten treatment areas offering treatment for haematology/oncology patients requiring systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) and supportive care in an outpatient setting. The infusion therapy suites are available for patients undergoing treatment for breast, urology, upper and lower gastrointestinal cancers, and both malignant and non-malignant haematology disorders.
Rutherford Cancer Centres are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality cancer care, offering access to innovative and advanced treatment techniques using the most up-to-date technology.
Each and every patient has a personalised care pathway, and our team of highly skilled staff provide support throughout treatment and offer easy access to a range of supportive care services, as required. Caring for patients using innovative treatments and techniques is at the heart of everything we do.
"I remember the first day I walked into the Rutherford Cancer Centre, I was reassured."
Simon was the first patient to be treated with high energy proton beam therapy here in the UK at the Rutherford Cancer Centres. Meeting with the team at the Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales, Simon made history in Spring 2018 when he became the first patient to experience this here in the UK, leading the way for various others who have since embarked on this treatment option in their own fight against cancer.
"The Rutherford centre has given me my life back unblemished."
Timon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2017, following a full private medical check with his insurance provider. Test results from his check-up showed a raised PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) level and a biopsy confirmed that it was cancer. Timon was shocked at the diagnosis as he felt fit and healthy.
"The actual treatment takes less than two minutes a side - it ends and you just go home."
Oxfordshire-based Dennis Allen was initially diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2018 after a regular blood test at his GP practice prompted his doctor to do a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test. Unfortunately, the test results came back higher than desired and a subsequent biopsy confirmed that it was cancer.