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. From 2018, patients in the UK will benefit from local access to this advanced treatment at The Christie.

PBT 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 can access at The Christie, and at University College London Hospitals from 2020.

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 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