A planning application has now been submitted for a state-of-the-art cancer centre in Northumberland – likely to be the first to become operational in England.
As we reported earlier this year, the Proton Beam Therapy treatment centre, the second to be built by Proton Partners International in the UK, will be situated on the Earth Balance wellness site in Bomarsund, in the south-east of the county, and should be operational by 2017.
Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) is a type of radiotherapy used in cancer treatment, delivering heavily-charged protons in a more targeted manner to reduce damage to other tissue and organs.
The therapy hit the national headlines earlier this year when the parents of five-year-old Ashya King took him from a British hospital and fled abroad to seek the treatment.
Mike Moran, CEO of Proton Partners International, explained that his firm’s vision is to develop world expertise in PBT treatment – ‘a world-class centre in a world-class county’.
“We want to transform cancer care in the UK,” he said. “We can’t say we have a first-world health service without Proton Beam Therapy.”
But why Northumberland? Mr Moran said: “Northumberland is very important to us and we have seen some real pioneering spirits.
“You only have to look at the trauma hospital (at Cramlington) that’s been built here and that’s a great testament to what can happen in the North East.
“We want to be part of that, they are only a couple of miles down the road and it’s great to join that so there’s a much better provision.”
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