Welsh Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has unveiled plans to invest £4.6 million into Velindre Cancer Centre
WELSH Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has revealed plans to plough £4.6 million into advanced cancer treatment technology and a new service for Wales.
Patients will be able to access the cutting-edge treatment closer to home at Velindre Cancer Centre.
Through the major investment Velindre will be able to offer people a linear accelerator which helps to deliver full stereotactic body radiotherapy and associated image guided radiotherapy, and to develop a stereotactic radiosurgery service for Wales. The two forms of treatment are world-class.
Lung patients will initially benefit from a stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) which is a targeted form of radiotherapy, which minimises damage to surrounding tissues.
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The stereotactic radiosurgery service (SRS) involves the delivery of a single fraction of high-dose radiation to patients usually within the skull. Mrs Griffiths said it would make a real difference to patients and added: "Developing this technology in Wales means that Welsh patients will be treated here; at present around 65 patients a year travel to England for SRS treatment, and less than ten a year for SBRT."