Proton beam therapy service features in BBC documentary 

28/07/2015 00:00 
Tonight’s BBC2 Great Ormond Street programme explores how proton beam therapy (PBT) can help children with hard to treat cancers.

The programme features UCLH clinical oncologist, Jenny Gains, as she works with the family of Trinity Singh exploring treatment options.

Proton beam therapy is a particularly important form of cancer treatment as it targets complex and harder to reach tumours more precisely with less damage to surrounding tissues, which can lead to improving the quality of life for patients following treatment.

You can read about how UCLH patients have benefited from PBT here.

Currently people have to travel abroad for PBT. However, the government is investing £250 million to open two NHS PBT centres in the UK; one will be at UCLH in London and one at The Christie in Manchester. The centres are expected to start treating patients from 2018.

  • To learn more about PBT please watch this film:  PBT film
  • For information about UCLH’s plans to develop PBT service please click here:  PBT service.

Mend my brain is on BBC2 at 9pm tonight (Tuesday 28 July).

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