Hazel heads new cancer therapy hub
AFAILSWORTH woman has been chosen to head an innovative new cancer treatment centre.
Hazel Pennington is the new lead radiographer in the country’s first high energy proton beam therapy centre.
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a more precise form of radiotherapy that allows more accurately targeted radiation within a tumour – reducing the likelihood of long term side effects.
The new facility, based at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, is one of two new centres which will start to offer the treatment.
Hazel, who joined the Christie more than 20 years ago, said: “I’ve always loved working at The Christie.
“It’s particularly exciting to be involved with the Proton Beam Therapy Centre, which will be the first facility in the UK to treat patients with high energy PBT.
“Because PBT is new to me, as it is to most radiographers in the UK, I’m learning a huge amount.
“It’s incredible to be part of the team that’s developing a brand new service to the UK and I feel privileged to be involved with the project.”
The new £125m fivestorey building is due to open in 2018 and will treat up to 750 patients a year.
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