What is proton beam therapy?

Proton beam therapy (PBT) is an advanced form of radiotherapy that uses a high energy beam of protons rather than high energy X-rays to deliver radiotherapy. The Christie is now home to the first high energy NHS proton beam therapy (PBT) centre in the UK.

PBT directs the radiation treatment to precisely where it is needed with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. The Christie now provides an NHS PBT service and from 2020, patients can also receive PBT at University College London Hospitals.

The national PBT service is a key component of the Government's Cancer Strategy Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (2011)

Clinical benefits of proton beam therapy

Clinical benefits of proton beam therapy

Proton beam therapy works a little differently from standard radiotherapy

Development of proton beam therapy

Development of proton beam therapy

Over 115,000 patients have been treated in 50 proton centres

 How proton beam therapy is delivered

How proton beam therapy is delivered

Find out about the inner workings of proton beam therapy

Information for patients eligible for treatment overseas

Information for patients eligible for treatment overseas

Find out what happens if you're eligible to receive proton beam therapy abroad