Spreading the word - proton beam therapy at UCLH 

22/03/2016 00:00 
A group of GCSE students, teachers and parents went “behind the scenes” of our proton beam therapy developmentlast week, as part of British Science Week and Healthcare Science week.

The group visited the building site on Grafton Way, followed by a tour of the radiotherapy department where they were met by radiotherapy services manager Kevin Sullivan, superintendent radiographer Laura Allington and radiographer Kathryn Osborn, who explained the pathway and the different aspects of treatment.

Richard Amos, operational lead for proton beam therapy physics, then gave a whistle stop introduction into the physics behind proton beam therapy.

One of the teachers, Mr McQuade said: “Our kids got a lot out of it. It was really interesting to see the CT scans and the equipment and we all thoroughly enjoyed the talk by Richard.”

Richard added: “It was really great to see the students engaging with practical use of physics in the treatment of cancer and to celebrate science in healthcare. I hope the event may encourage them to think about healthcare science as an option for their careers."

A monthly blog has been launched to provide updates and information about the development of a new clinical facility on Grafton Way which will include the proton beam therapy centre and currently shows timelapse footage of the building development.

This month there are two new podcasts. One is from a family who experienced proton beam therapy oversees and the other makes the case for PBT in the UK and is voiced by Yen-Ch'ing Chang, the clinical lead for PBT

Click here to listen to Kath and Ed Anderton's podcast.

Click here to listen to Yen-Ch'ing Chang's podcast.

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