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.
Unfortunately for Simon, it was his second cancer diagnosis, having fought the disease some years earlier. Having first-hand experience of the treatment process and its various pros and cons, Simon was determined to research the best possible option for him when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of 2017.
What followed was a time of intense research and various medical consultations before learning about high energy proton beam therapy – a treatment option made even more appealing when he learned that the first centre in the UK was due to open its doors imminently.
Proton beam therapy can be used in various forms of cancer, however it is particularly effective for tackling hard-to-reach tumours given that it reduces damage to surrounding healthy tissue, which in turn may reduce side effects – an aspect which greatly appealed to Simon.
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. While every patient and every cancer is different, in Simon’s case he found the side effects of treatment were minimal and he was able to go about his daily life, going to work or dropping his son at school as normal.
With our commitment to excellence, we provide an all-encompassing cancer service for patients, delivering world-class imaging, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy and proton therapy treatment. Read more about our patients below:
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