21st August 2018: A new chapter in the provision of advanced cancer care in the North-East of England has started with the official opening of the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East.
8th August 2018: The provision of advanced cancer treatment in the South of England passed a key milestone today with the arrival of the first high energy proton beam therapy system in the region.
7th August 2018: The first patient to be treated with high energy proton beam therapy for breast cancer in the UK commenced treatment this week at the Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales.
11th April 2018: Proton Partners International announced today it has treated the first patient in the UK with high energy proton beam therapy.
20th March 2018: Proton Partners International has been granted formal technical and regulatory approval from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales to begin treating patients with proton beam therapy at its Rutherford Cancer Centre in Wales.
12th March 2018: IBA, the world’s leading provider of proton therapy solutions for the treatment of cancer, today announces it has signed three new contracts with Proton Partners International, to install three Proteus®ONE* compact proton therapy solutions across the UK.
7th March 2018: Wales has shown ‘outstanding’ vision in helping to develop innovative proton beam therapy services for cancer patients.
22nd February 2018: Proton Partners International and Ion Beam Applications (IBA) Group, the world’s leading developers of high energy proton beam therapy centres and systems, have officially completed testing on the UK’s first high energy proton beam machine, the Proteus®ONE.
6th February 2018: The first proton beam therapy system to be installed in the North-East of England was delivered today by Proton Partners International Ltd.
The UK is in the vanguard of providing the most advanced high energy proton beam therapy system in the world, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, Mike Moran, said today.
The single room Proteus®ONE proton beam therapy system, which is being installed and maintained by IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), offers the most advanced proton therapy technology on the market. The system will be installed at each of The Rutherford Cancer Centres being built across the country by Proton Partners International.
The installation of the proton therapy system continues after the first high energy proton beam on UK soil was fired last week two months ahead of schedule at The Rutherford Cancer Centre, South Wales.
The centre is currently open to receive patient referrals for conventional treatments, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy and it is expected that patients will be treated with high energy proton beam therapy in early 2018.
Speaking at The Rutherford Cancer Centre, South Wales, Olivier Legrain, chief executive officer of IBA, said: “The compact design of the single room Proteus®ONE system makes proton therapy more affordable. It reduces the upfront investment as well as the operating cost by reducing energy consumption, which in turn minimises the impact on the environment. We are committed to supporting Proton Partners International as they bring proton beam therapy closer to home for many more patients across the UK.”
Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, said: “We’re delighted that the technical ‘heart’ of our centres has started to beat. Although the UK has been a bit late in adopting proton beam therapy, we are going to be equipped with the most advanced treatment system available.
“By working with IBA we have acquired the very best technology in cancer treatment for each of our centres and from being one step behind in the UK, we now have a chance to be one step ahead
“Research is central to our company and therefore once treatment gets underway, we will collate and analyse all the of the data from our centres to ensure we’re on the forefront of advancing the research effort in proton beam therapy.”
Proton Partners International is building a series of oncology centres across the UK named The Rutherford Cancer Centres which will offer an all-encompassing cancer service, including high energy proton beam therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging and wellbeing services.
The Rutherford Cancer Centres will provide conventional and proton beam therapy treatment to self-paying patients and patients referred by the NHS.
Each centre will install the same proton beam therapy system at its other centres which are under development in Northumberland, Reading and Liverpool. Locations for a clinic in central London are also being considered.