Wokingham Today

New radiothera­py machine for patients at Cancer Centre


CANCER patients across Berkshire are set to benefit from a new state-of-the-art radiothera­py machine.

Funded from a £130 million national investment programme set up by NHS England to replace aging machines and so modernise radiothera­py treatment, the new £1.6 million Elekta Linear Accelerato­r (LINAC) will replace one of Berkshire Cancer Centre’s (BCC) older machines with one of the most advanced models available today.

The centre is based out of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Dr Helen O’Donnell, consultant clinical oncologist and clinical lead for radiothera­py at the cancer centre, said: “Our ambition has always been to give our patients the best possible chance to beat cancer. Receiving the funding has allowed us to replace a 15-year-old linear accelerato­r with a sophistica­ted Elekta LINAC.

“It’s enhanced functional­ity means we can offer even more hi-tech radiothera­py, more quickly and effectivel­y than ever before, supporting our commitment to provide the best possible treatment to the hundreds of cancer patients we see each year.”

Paula Horne, BCC’s radiothera­py services manager said: “Radiothera­py is an important part of cancer treatment; it has developed into an extremely technologi­cally advanced, cost-effective and safe way of treating cancer. 40% of all patients with a cancer diagnosis will receive radiothera­py as part of their treatment plan.

“The new machine offers the most up-to-date techniques, and this investment in the latest technology is great news for our patients.”

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