The first patient in the UK has been treated with high-energy proton beam therapy at Proton Partners’ new Rutherford Cancer Centre in Newport, South Wales. It’s the first oncology clinic in the UK to provide high-energy proton beam therapy for targeted tumor treatments.
Proton Partners International has partnered with IBA (Ion Beam Applications), a provider of proton therapy solutions and Philips, a leader in health technology. To plan patient treatment the solution integrates Philips’ Big Bore CT and Pinnacle3 Treatment Planning System. Rutherford Cancer Centre is also the first in the world able to carry out spot scanning, also known as Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT), with the Philips Pinnacle3 system. IMPT lets radiation oncologists adjust the precision, depth and intensity of a proton beam to the peaks and valleys of complex spider-like tumors while avoiding healthy tissue.