Cancer patients across the South East benefit from TomoTherapy

Posted on May 18, 2011


Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has installed the first TomoTherapy machine in a London NHS hospital, delivering targeted radiotherapy to hundreds of cancer patients. The new TomoTherapy unit compliments the existing radiotherapy treatment units, enabling the Trust to increase treatment capacity.

The UK lags behind America and Europe in introducing new, more targeted radiotherapy technology and there are only five hospitals in the UK which currently provide TomoTherapy. The treatment allows doctors to perform radiation therapy in the most accurate way possible and to customise delivery for each individual patient. This involves surrounding the target with precise radiation delivered from all angles and minimising the radiation dose to healthy tissue.

George Mikhaeel, Head of Clinical Oncology at the Trust said: “In addition to delivering the most advanced type of radiotherapy known as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT), TomoTherapy uses daily CT imaging to guide treatment based on the patient’s anatomy for that day, which means we know exactly where we are treating. TomoTherapy has the advantage of being a completely integrated system of advanced treatment planning and accurate delivery, offering a seamless technology. This addition to our radiotherapy units means that we can now treat more patients from across the south east and beyond and to help improve their chances of recovery.”

Tom Dance, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year said: “When you get told that you have got cancer it is very frightening and you’re not only frightened about the cancer but also about the treatment and side effects. Once I started TomoTherapy I was very relieved that each treatment was quick, painless and there were no side effects. I am very grateful to the staff for their care and for giving me hope for the future.”

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