Patients at Weston Park Cancer Hospital are set to benefit from a third new state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine (linac).
The cutting edge machine comes hot on the heels of two other radiotherapy machines and two CT scanners which were installed at Weston Park Cancer Hospital in September.
The new £1.9m radiotherapy machine targets tumours in a short space of time with pinpoint precision and accuracy. It is set to benefit 1.8 million people living in Sheffield and surrounding South Yorkshire region.
The new machine, which will replace an older version, means Weston Park Hospital will have seven linac machines which can all deliver some of the world’s most advanced radiotherapy treatments.
The linac machine produces radiation which can be precisely shaped and controlled to give high doses to cancer cells while avoiding damaging healthy tissue. The latest generation of machine also allows x-rays to be taken of the patient before they are treated, enabling Radiographers to target the cancer to the millimetre and provide the best possible chance of recovery to patients. Radiotherapy is involved in the treatment of about 40% of cancer patients who are cured of the disease.
Dr Stephen Tozer-Loft, Head of Radiotherapy Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “Radiotherapy has developed into an extremely technologically advanced, cost-effective and safe way of treating cancer and so this further investment in the latest technology is great news for our patients.”