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New radiotherapy centre gets first treatment machine

Worcester Editorial 19th May, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE FIRST treatment machine has been installed at the city’s new radiotherapy centre which is set to open next year.

The linear accelerator, which are used to treat cancer suffers, arrived on the building site at Worcestershire Royal Hospital last week.

The machines, which are also called a linac, are known for targeting tumours more effectively, cause less damage to surrounding tissue and create less risk of complications.

The centre, which is due to be up and running in the early part of next year, has been built to house five machines, with three expected to be in place by the time it is open for patients.

Adel Makar, lead cancer clinician, said: “This is a huge milestone for Worcestershire’s cancer services. These machines will make such a difference to patients, who will soon be able to receive this radiation treatment closer to home.”

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