Hazel heads new can­cer ther­apy hub

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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.

●● Hazel Pen­ning­ton

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