Cancer patients in Sheffield can now access some of the world’s most advanced radiotherapy treatment thanks to new technology.
Weston Park Hospital, a specialist cancer unit, will now benefit from two new state-of-the-art radiotherapy machines and two new CT scanners.
The cutting-edge technology, which runs alongside existing hi-tech equipment, is said to target tumours in a short space of time with pinpoint precision and accuracy.
The technological advances has been funded by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of its ongoing investment into state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment at the site.
Radiotherapy treatment uses high energy x-rays to destroy the multiplying cancer cells in the area that are being treated. This is given in carefully measures doses.
The new scanners allow the hospital team to take into account internal movement of organs, making sure treatment is safer along while limiting damage to healthy tissue.
Patients will now be able to receive radiotherapy treatment from different angles, making it easier to access and treat the tumour.
Karen Smith, Senior Manager Radiation Services at Weston Park Hospital, said: “These new state-of-the-art radiotherapy machines are set to benefit over 1.8 million patients in South Yorkshire and are a welcome addition to the specialist cancer services we provide.
“We are constantly renewing our radiotherapy equipment so that we can continue to offer the very latest technological advances to cancer patients throughout the region, and these new machines will help to improve treatment and care of patients at a very difficult stage of their treatment process.”
The hospital, supported by Weston Park Cancer charity, is only one of four dedicated cancer hospitals in the UK.
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