New Proton Beam Machine to Aid Healthcare in Newport

Wales is the destination for the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine.

Proton Partners International (PPI) delivered the technology to its new location in Newport.

The cancer-treating machine will be located at the Rutherford Cancer Centre.

PPI proclaims the technology to be the “most-advanced piece of cancer machinery” in the UK.

It is hoped that the proton beam machine will transform the treatment of 500 cancer patients annually.

This will be a real boost for Newport and could lead to the technology being implemented in other areas of Britain.

Currently, only low-energy treatment is available in the UK for rare eye cancers.

The Welsh government has proclaimed the new deal, indicating that the new form of therapy will be available to NHS Wales patients by the end of the calendar year.

Commenting on the deal, PPI chief executive Mike Moran suggested that it represents the biggest breakthrough in cancer treatment for many years.

“This is the most strategic health project in this country in decades. It’s significant for the people of Wales to have high-energy proton beam therapy available.”

PPI asserts that the treatment has the potential to improve clinical outcomes and the overall cancer experience for patients.

It is common for those in Britain suffering from cancer to require six weeks abroad in order to receive proton beam therapy in foreign settings.

And PPI has confirmed that the treatment will be available to medically-insured private patients, self-paying patients and patients referred by the NHS.

However, there is still some debate over to what degree the technology will be available for NHS patients.

Proton beam therapy has the ability to treat invasive cancers such as spinal tumours, while also lowering the risk of damaging surrounding tissue.

Currently, 140 patients are sent abroad from across the NHS in order to receive this treatment on an annual basis, at an expense of over £1.5 million.

Experts believe that the Newport treatment centre will halve this figure.

The Rutherford Cancer Centre opened in February and currently receives referrals for conventional cancer treatments.

And PPI is already constructing three more proton beam centres in Britain, located in Northumberland, Reading and Liverpool.

 

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