September 2013

The news stories within this section are provided for information only. The facts and views contained in each story are provided by the named news outlets. They do not represent the views of, nor are they endorsed by, Action Radiotherapy.


18 September

Proton therapy is coming to the UK, but what does it mean for patients?
Cancer Research UK takes an in-depth look at Proton Beam Therapy on its Science Blog Update.
Cancer Research UK

Husband runs half marathon to thank medics who treated his wife
Simon Plumridge, 48, is to run the Royal Parks Foundation half marathon for a Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC) fund after wife Victoria was successfully treated for breast cancer. The fund will enhance the experience of patients who will use a new radiotherapy centre under construction at Colchester General Hospital.
Essex County Standard


17 September

Why a hip replacement can cause prostate problems to get much worse
Article looking at new radiotherapy equipment which can avoid the problems traditionally associated with radiotherapy beams bouncing off metallic hip replacements.
Daily Mail


16 September

New study to reduce unwanted side-effects of radiotherapy
Scientists from The University of Manchester are leading a new European study to come up with methods to reduce the unwanted side-effects of radiotherapy and improve cancer treatment. The research, funded by the European Union and involving 13 institutions in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and the US, will identify ways to predict which breast, prostate and lung cancer patients are most likely to suffer long-term side effects.
News Medical

Broken pledge for hundreds of cancer patients missing vital radiotherapy
An MP has claimed hundreds of cancer patients are missing out on innovative radiotherapy treatment despite the Prime Minister’s pledge to radically improve care. Lib Dem MP and cancer campaigner Tessa Munt reveals that less than half of cancer centres are able to deliver the most advanced method of treating tumours, Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR).
Sunday Express

Reality TV star celebrates U-turn on life-saving treatment
Reality TV star Nadejah Williams, the face of the Teenage Cancer Trust, has finally been given the go-ahead for life-saving treatment. The decision came after the Daily Mirror highlighted her plight but it still took three appeals over six months to finally win the right for Nadejah, who appeared on Channel 4’s reality show Shipwrecked, to undergo the CyberKnife procedure.
The Mirror

IGRT – key to world-class radiotherapy
The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) has published a report of The Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) Clinical Support Programme in England 2012-2013. Written by the National IGRT Team, the report describes the processes, methods and outcomes of the National Cancer Action team IGRT clinical support programme. It demonstrates the progress made and highlights the significant challenges that remain.

Scientists are looking into the power of those little green leaves
Scientists are examining whether watercress can help in the fight against cancer. Two hundred breast cancer patients are being recruited for the international study that will involve the consumption of a bag of fresh watercress a day to test the importance of a healthy diet during radiotherapy treatment.
Daily Echo

Redhill £10m radiotherapy unit to open next spring
A new £10m radiotherapy unit is on course to open next spring in Redhill ending some patients’ 46-mile round trips for treatment in Guildford. Building work on the unit at East Surrey Hospital is complete and equipment will be moved in over the next months before it opens in 2014.


6 September

Middlesbrough hospital opens doors to attract new radiography staff
The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is holding a career open day to highlight the careers working in radiotherapy on Saturday September 14 between 10am and 12.30pm. There will also be tours of the department lasting 45 minutes including a demonstration of the virtual environment of a radiotherapy treatment room. The Northern Echo

Crawley firm’s cancer technology snapped up by NHS
Patients across the UK are to receive cancer treatment using machines created by a Crawley-based manufacturer. NHS Supply Chain has placed an order for 20 advanced radiotherapy machines from Varian Medical Systems.
This is Sussex


5 September

Accelerated radiotherapy more efficient than current practice
Researchers have compared the cost-effectiveness of different modified radiotherapy schemes and conventional fractional radiotherapy in the curative treatment of un-resected NSCLC patients. They conclude that, “accelerated radiotherapy is almost certainly more efficient than current practice and should be recommended as standard radiotherapy for the curative treatment of un-resected NSCLC patients not receiving concurrent chemo-radiotherapy.”
Medical Xpress

Cancer experts detail new approaches to liver cancer treatment with Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy
Clinical experts outlined promising new approaches to treating liver cancer using radiosurgery with advanced imaging and motion management technology. Presentations on non-invasive radiosurgical approaches to treating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were made by leading clinicians at a meeting organized by the Taiwan Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and Taiwan Liver Cancer Association.

Treatment unit is taking shape
New pictures show just how quickly a new state-of-the-art radiotherapy unit is taking shape at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester. With the doors of the new £22.5 million unit just over a year away from opening, the steel skeleton of the new building has started to tower over the building site.
Worcester News

Funds sought for cancer battle boy
The family of a 13-year-old boy from Buckinghamshire who is suffering from a brain tumour have spoken of his “bravery” as they try to raise funds for treatment in the US. Jamie Green is currently being treated with chemotherapy before going on to radiotherapy but his parents are desperately trying to raise £250,000 to send him to the US for a special type of radiotherapy called proton beam therapy.
Littlehampton Gazette


3 September

Controversial American health firm that donates to Tories handed huge NHS contract
A contract to treat NHS patients with brain tumours has been awarded to a controversial American healthcare firm that is a donor to the Tory party. The multi-million pound deal with Hospital Corporation of America was pushed through quietly just days before the Government handed responsibility for cancer care to NHS England. Labour MPs are particularly angry because London’s University College Hospital – one of the best NHS brain treatment centres in the country – has been told to stop treating brain cancer patients using the latest radiotherapy technology and send them to HCA.
The Mirror

A robot zapped away my prostate cancer in just five days
Around 40,000 men a year are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Traditional radiotherapy can be effective, but there is a risk of damaging healthy tissue. However, a highly-targeted radiotherapy treatment can zap the tumour in just five days, leaving surrounding organs intact.
Daily Mail


2 September

Inflammatory protein converts glioblastoma cells into most aggressive version
A prominent protein activated by inflammation is the key instigator that converts glioblastoma multiforme cells to their most aggressive, untreatable form and promotes resistance to radiation therapy, an international team lead by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported online in the journal Cancer Cell.
Medical Xpress

Six stubborn myths about cancer
Article which states the internet is awash with misinformation about cancer, with potentially tragic consequences for patients. Has a section on radiotherapy.
The Guardian