Proton technology for cancer treatment: how is the UK progressing?

Posted on Dec 23, 2016

Proton beam therapy was a term thrust into the mainstream media in 2014 when Ashya King, a six-year-old boy with a brain tumour, was removed from hospital by his parents so that he could be treated abroad using the technique. The Department of Health now estimates that around 1,500 UK patients each year will receive proton beam therapy at UK centres – roughly one per cent of patients who receive any form of conventional radiotherapy1.

As the type of therapy becomes more widely recognised as an effective treatment for cancer, Proton Partners International, a UK based cancer and healthcare specialist, is leading the way with advanced technology and techniques. Proton Partners International currently has one centre in Wales and has announced plans to build three further centres in Reading, Northumberland and London to treat both NHS and private patients. Once all of the UK centres open, it is hoped more patients will be able to benefit, as currently patients are known to travel overseas to access proton beam therapy.

The Wales centre has recently implemented the Blue Phantom2 data acquisition system from IBA to commission its compact proton therapy machine and linear accelerator. The water phantom significantly speeds up the set-up procedure for imaging, but still ensures the most accurate and reliable measurement results. The data that is measured assists proton beam therapy by ensuring the beams are accurate, so clinicians at Proton Partners can target the tumour and spare healthy tissue.

As the demand for proton beam therapy increases, the centres will become hubs of excellence for advanced cancer treatment. They will be set up to enable patients the best possible care, and treatment that leads to fewer side effects in comparison to traditional radiotherapy. OSL is looking forward to supporting Proton Partners with state-of-the-art precision technology.

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