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Cancer patients benefit from £20m

Scotland is to benefit from an investment of more than £20 million for equipment designed to treat cancer, the country's health secretary has announced.

Nicola Sturgeon said the cash would go towards delivering improved treatment to patients using high-energy X-rays, including high-precision radiotherapy, which targets malignant tumours or specific areas with precise doses.

While visiting the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said that offering patients the latest technology to improve the detection and treatment of cancer was "vital".

She added: "I am particularly pleased that new machines, including replacement equipment, will have the capacity for intensity modulated radiotherapy, a treatment delivery technique that targets radiation beams more effectively.

"This is the kind of advance technology where radiation can be adjusted to vary the doses given to different parts of the body, that can help deliver improvements in treatment offered by NHS Scotland."

Five NHS regions with cancer treatment centres will share the £20.6 million windfall: NHS Grampian; NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; NHS Highland; NHS Lothian; and NHS Tayside.

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