Proton Beam Therapy
In 2018 The Christie will be home to one of only two high energy NHS proton beam therapy (PBT) centres in the UK – the other is being built at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).
PBT is an advanced form of radiotherapy used for the treatment of complex and hard-to-treat cancers in children and adults. It uses a high energy beam of protons rather than high energy X-rays to deliver a dose of radiotherapy. It directs the radiation treatment to precisely where it is needed with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. Currently patients have to travel abroad for PBT, but from 2018, they will benefit from local access to this advanced treatment at The Christie, and at UCLH from 2020.
The national PBT service is a key component of the Government's Cancer Strategy Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (2011)
How proton beam therapy is delivered
The Christie proton beam therapy centre will use the latest scanning beam technology