Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Safer Way to Blast Tumours; PIONEERING THERAPY FOR NORTH BRAIN CANCER SUFFERERS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Safer Way to Blast Tumours; PIONEERING THERAPY FOR NORTH BRAIN CANCER SUFFERERS

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Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com @craigjourno

PIONEERING treatment to help blast life-threatening brain tumours and save hundreds of lives is now available at a cancer centre in Newcastle.

The Freeman Hospital's Northern Centre for Cancer has now been named as a specialist provider for an advanced form of radiotherapy for the tumours.

NHS England has named the facility as one of just a few in the UK with the expertise and capability to deliver the specialist radiotherapy, known as Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS).

This is a highly specialised radiotherapy for patients with certain types of malignant and benign brain tumours and can only be provided by the most advanced cancer centres.

It is hoped that increasing access to the service will help to double the number of patients with brain tumours who can benefit from this advanced and highly precise form of radiotherapy, going on to save hundreds of lives.

Sir Leonard Fenwick, chief executive said: "We are truly delighted by this news which brings another innovative form of treatment to the people of the North East.

"It is very much attributable to the skill and expertise of our dedicated teams of specialists here in Newcastle, alongside the generosity of people from all over the Northern Region and beyond who have made countless donations to the local charitable funds supporting us."

Bringing the revolutionary technique to the North East was only made possible thanks to the tremendous funding efforts led by a unique charitable collaboration between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity incorporating the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Charlie Bear for Cancer Care, and the former Newcastle Healthcare Charity. It is through their collective efforts that NCCC was provided with funding of PS1.2 million to contribute towards the purchase of the new technologies. …

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