The Christie in Manchester opened its Proton Beam centre in December 2018, becoming the first hospital in the UK to offer a high-energy proton therapy service. This is huge progress as patients seeking this treatment previously had to travel abroad to receive it.
Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a form of radiotherapy which is used to give more localised treatment to cancerous cells. Unlike traditional radiotherapy, PBT can significantly reduce the dose of radiation to normal tissue. This is especially important for children whose bodies are still developing. The Christie even has a school for younger patients who would otherwise have to miss lessons to attend daily treatments.
PBT is an exciting step forward for treatment in the UK and will meaningfully increase accurate tumour treatment and reduce side effects. We look forward to seeing increased access to Proton Beam Therapy across the country in the next few years.
Photo credit: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust