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NHS cancer patients get RapidArc targeted radiotherapy

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A faster and more accurate method of radiotherapy called RapidArc is to be used to treat some NHS cancer patients in the south of England.

RapidArc will be used at the private Harley Street Cancer Centre, which will also treat some NHS patients. The radiotherapy technology has been used at the NHS Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology in Merseyside for more than a year.

The London centre will install two machines, which use unique tumour mapping to target cancer therapy very specifically and move 360 degrees around the tumour.

Patients could have treatment for two minutes instead of the 20 minutes under older systems and RapidArc causes less damage to normal tissue near the tumour because it is so accurate.

NHS patients can be referred to the Harley Street Cancer Centre by a specialist or they can pay for private treatment.

Chief executive Neil Buckley said: “We now have the most comprehensive cancer care service in Europe as we treat every type of cancer for every age.

“We are growing our network of diagnostic and treatment centres around London so that patients can get fast access to see one of our 700 top consultants closer to where they live or work.”

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