Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Right a Bit. 90 Ton 'Cyclotron' Is Lowered into Place at Christie

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Right a Bit. 90 Ton 'Cyclotron' Is Lowered into Place at Christie

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THESE striking images capture the moment a cancer therapy unit weighing 90 tons was lowered gingerly into place at The Christie hospital.

The 'cyclotron' was lifted high above the streets of south Manchester on a crane, before its painstaking descent into its new home.

The proton beam therapy machine is the first of its kind in the UK.

It delivers a specialist form of radiotherapy which has been offered to NHS patients overseas in the US and Switzerland, but its arrival at the Withington cancer centre means that, from August 2018, NHS patients can receive treatment here for the first time.

Former patients Lucy Thomas, 11, from Ramsbottom, and Emma Payton, also 11, from Gatley in Stockport, who have received proton beam treatment overseas, were at The Christie to start the official work to move the cyclotron into position. …

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