Eighth radiotherapy machine boost access to innovative treatments at Weston Park

Weston Park Cancer Centre, Sheffield, has added a new Varian TrueBeam radiotherapy system, taking the
number of radiotherapy linacs at the centre to eight. Over the course of its lifetime, the machine is expected to provide 100,000 complex treatments to around 6,500 patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Clinical director Dr Jackie Martin said: “As a leading cancer centre, we continually look to replace and upgrade our radiotherapy facilities so that we can provide the best possible care to our patients. This newest machine forms part of our ongoing commitment to this programme and, together with our other investments, will enable all cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy treatments to continue to have access to advanced, timely care. With the number of cancer cases expected to continue to rise globally and the drive to diagnose patients earlier, the cutting-edge machines will also help us meet the growing demand for innovative treatments and personalised cancer care.”

Patient Catherine Todd is having radiotherapy on this latest system. She said: “I am extremely grateful for the high standard of care I have been receiving from Weston Park Cancer Centre. It is very comforting having a whole team of people looking after you. I can’t fault the care – all the staff are wonderful and caring and always put patients first. I feel privileged to have access to such an amazing department and to be benefiting from the high tech machines.”

Picture: Radiotherapy physicist Lisa Russell and radiotherapists Gillian Shaw and Angela Cooke with Weston Park Cancer Centre’s new radiotherapy machine.

Published on page 9 of the April 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.

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