My dad who has P/C lives in a small sleepy village in Northumberland which is a five minute drive from this state of the art facility although not yet completed, although proton beam therapy may or may not be of benefit to P/C sufferers ? It' will hopefully be of help to others (and it's amazing for this to be built near where we live !!
Revolutionary cancer treatment to be brought to Northumberland village as a private centre unveils plans to open
Proton Partners International brings proton beam therapy to Earth Balance near Bedlington
A village just outside Bedlington in Northumberland is today unveiled as the site of the first multimillion pound Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in England.
The centre will be situated on the Earth Balance wellness suite in Bomarsund, and will operational by early 2017.
The multi-million pound facility, which will be able to treat up to 700 patients annually, will be one of only three proton beam therapy centres in UK to offer the treatment used to help brain cancer survivor Ashya King.
Proton Partners International Ltd is to open the centre, with similar treatment facilities planned for Cardiff and London. The Northumberland base will be available for NHS patients from England, Scotland and Wales, medically-insured private patients and self-paying patients.
Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted Northumberland has been chosen as the first place in England to be able to provide high energy Proton Beam Therapy. This is not only good news for the county – it will provide a great economic boost to the whole region and highlight our commitment as a place to invest for the future.”
Proton Beam Therapy has had a high profile in recent months following the controversial case of five-year-old Ashya King.
The youngster’s parents, Brett and Naghmeh King, sparked an international manhunt after taking their sick son out of hospital in Southampton without doctors’ consent. He later received successful treatment at the Proton Therapy Centre (PTC) in Prague.
Chairman of Earth Balance, Alan Rutherford said: “We are delighted that Proton Partners are coming to the site and we are working hard with local healthcare partners, energy partners, health and wellbeing partners and the local community to ensure that the training and care opportunities are meeting local needs.”
Earlier this year, the Government has announced that it is to create two NHS proton beam therapy units which will open in 2018.
Gordon McVie, chairman of Proton Partners International Ltd, said: “Our goal is to herald a new era of cancer care provision in the UK, bringing the first high energy Proton Beam Therapy centres to the UK and therefore unveiling our site today marks another significant milestone.
“It is estimated that around 10% of patients who receive radiotherapy would be better treated by Proton Beam Therapy. Across the world Proton Beam Therapy has been shown to deliver significant results for patients, especially in lowering side effects. The sooner we can start treating patients in the UK the better.”