£450,000 awarded towards Northern cancer treatment centre

£450,000 awarded towards Northern cancer treatment centre

Proton Partners, a proton beam therapy developer, has been awarded £450,000 from the regional growth fund programme, Let's Grow North East, towards building its first cancer treatment centre in England.

The new centre, which is to be based at the Earth Balance wellness site in Bomarsund, Northumberland, will be able to treat up to 500 patients every year and provide imaging, chemotherapy and traditional radiotherapy.

It is due to be operational by early 2017.

Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, said: “The demand for proton beam therapy is on the rise; however patients who currently require this treatment must travel abroad or endure alternative treatment regimes.

“There is a pressing need to bring this type of treatment to the UK as studies have shown that at least 10% of patients who receive traditional radiotherapy would be treated more effectively with protons.

“Proton Partners are in the process of building three centres across the country, and our Northumberland centre will make proton beam therapy accessible to patients from the North of England and Scotland.

Proton Partners are due to open a second English centre in West London, and also have a centre in Newport, Wales.

“Throughout the build we will subcontract locally where possible to ensure that we maximise the local infrastructure available. Our centre will bring jobs to the area, ranging from administrative roles to top medical positions, and will attract highly skilled individuals to the North East.

“Also, as the centre will not be residential, patients and their families will require access to local infrastructure when undergoing treatment – benefitting the wider community as a whole,” added Moran.

Andrew Frost, Let’s Grow project adviser at the BE Group, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Proton Partners International in creating this new state of the art cancer treatment centre in Northumberland.

“The Let’s Grow grant of £450,000 was instrumental in the company deciding to invest here in the North East as opposed to overseas and as well as establishing this new prestigious facility, the investment will also result in the creation of 22 highly skilled jobs and 10 support staff.”


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