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.
After all the tests you need are carried out, you will be invited back to discuss your results within 48 hours.
Getting to know you
You will be seen initially by a Consultant Breast Surgeon in the presence of a Clinical Nurse Specialist to discuss your clinical history. This includes questions about your family medical history and current medicines you are taking.
Clinical breast examination
The breast surgeon will undertake a clinical breast examination of both breasts. This is to examine your breasts, your armpits, the area around your collarbone, and your neck; to see if you have any abnormalities, including lumps or other signs or symptoms.
An image of the inside of your breast may be needed for further investigation, this is called imaging. There are two imaging techniques commonly used, ultrasound and mammogram.
A biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a tissue sample from the breast for further testing. Sometimes this is needed to help make a diagnosis. The procedure is quick, and a local anaesthetic isn't often needed.