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A new £1.7 million radiotherapy machine which will treat thousands of cancer patients every year is being unveiled in Sheffield.

The Truebeam linear accelerator is one of the most advanced machines of its kind, targeting cancer cells with pinpoint accuracy, and is being installed at Weston Park Hospital.

It is expected that the equipment will treat up to 9,000 patients every year.

Sheffield actress Rita May - who has appeared in Coronation Street in several different roles - will launch the machine at a special event next Wednesday.

Dr Patricia Fisher, clinical director of specialised cancer services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “This new technology enables us to continue to be a pioneer in cancer care and deliver the very best treatment for our patients.

“As well as delivering treatment quicker, the Truebeam also opens up the benefits of advanced radiotherapy to patients who wouldn’t previously have been suitable.”

The device offers treatment up to four times faster than many other machines.