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Cancer patients benefiting from new Radiotherapy treatment machine

Published 06/12/2017
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A third state-of-the-art Radiotherapy treatment machine has today been officially unveiled at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Each of the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerators utilise the latest technology to provide life-saving treatment for cancer patients.  

The new machines provide quicker and more accurate treatment by using image-guidance to help ensure radiographers can direct treatment even more precisely than before. 

Each machine treats around 40 patients a day at the Royal Derby Hospital’s Radiotherapy department, with the length of treatment depending on the type of cancer. 

Sue Marriott, Radiotherapy Services Manager, said: “We’re delighted that TrueBeam 3 is now clinical, as this means that we now have the latest technology available on three of our four treatment machines. The TrueBeam Linear Accelerators have made a massive difference and have allowed us to develop new techniques and offer state-of-the-art treatment to the local population. It has undoubtedly had a direct and positive impact on our patients.”

The new machine replaces one that was coming to the end of its working life, with the other two Linear Accelerators going live in August 2016 and April 2017 respectively. 

Clive Hardy, from Draycott, completed 37 rounds of Radiotherapy for prostate cancer in November 2016, using the first machine.

He said: “From start to finish, every member of staff was absolutely fantastic. Nothing was ever too much trouble and someone was always available to provide the support that I needed and to answer any little queries I had. It did fill me with a lot of confidence to be treated using the latest technology and it’s great that there are now three of these machines at the Royal Derby Hospital.” 

Last Modified 06/12/2017