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Proton Beam Therapy now available in UK

A cutting edge radiotherapy treatment will now be available in the UK thanks to a £250 million government grant. 

The money will go towards building two Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) treatment centres - one in Manchester and one in London. 

PBT targets cancers more precisely with less damage to surrounding tissues, reducing side effects following treatment. 

The government believes easier access to PBT could save lives, because the NHS wil be able to treat more people. 

Currently, patients needing PBT are sent to the United States, but from 2018 it will be offered to 1,500 cancer patients. 

“We want the NHS to have the best cancer treatments available in the world,” said Public Health Minister Anna Soubry.

She said: “By investing in Proton Beam Therapy facilities, we will be able to treat more patients in the UK and reduce the stress placed on families who have had to travel to the United States to receive this innovative treatment.” 

Soubry believes the availability of PBT is a “huge milestone” for the NHS.