Proton Beam Therapy is a type of radiotherapy used in cancer treatment, delivering heavily charged Protons in a more targeted manner to reduce damage to peripheral tissue and organs.
Across the world Proton Beam Therapy has delivered significant results for patients, especially in lowering side effects, but in the UK we are yet to start.
Proton Beam Therapy began experimentally in the 1960s and has been in clinical use since 1970. There are only 40 Proton Beam Therapy centres in the world, located in China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and the USA.
Approximately 156,000 patients in the UK are currently treated with radiation therapy annually, however, around 10% of these patients would be better treated with Proton Beam Therapy.
There is a rapid expansion of global demand for Proton Beam Therapy, however, few have access to the treatment because of its limited availability.
Proton Beam Therapy is not a panacea but it makes a real difference for so many patients, particularly children, that its provision on a suitable scale within the UK is essential.