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New cancer treatment launched

A new treatment system to help people fight cancer goes into service today.

The Novalis Tx has the ability to destroy cancerous cells without the need for surgery, the manufacturers said.

The system has been installed at The Christie at Salford Royal Hospital, a new radiotherapy centre.

It treats cancer using a specialised technique called radiosurgery, which is especially beneficial for tumours of the brain and spine previously thought untreatable by surgeons.

Using powerful, accurate beams of radiation shaped to fit the precise shape of tumours, the system is able to treat painlessly without the need for invasive surgery, and with fewer side effects.

The short treatment times of the system benefit both doctor and patient and mean more patients can be treated on the system in one day.

Rachel Good, radiotherapy manager for the new centre, said: “In our first year we are looking to treat 720 patients with the Novalis Tx, 120 of whom will be priority brain tumour patients where precise, non-invasive treatment is particularly effective.”

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