New £35m proton therapy centre will offer advanced life-saving cancer therapy in Liverpool

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Cancer is a major social problem and it is the main cause of death between the ages 45-65 years. In the treatment of cancer, radio therapy (RT) plays an essential role. RT with protons, due to their unique physical and radiobiological properties, offers several advantages over photons for specific cancer types. In particular, they penetrate the patient with minimal diffusion, they deposit maximum energy at the end of their range, and they can be shaped as narrow focused and scanned pencil beams of variable penetration depth.

It was announced today that a new £35m cancer centre will be established in Liverpool to offer life-saving proton beam therapy. The centre will form part of the £1bn Paddington Village scheme in the city in an investment that will create more than 100 jobs. Proton Partners International  is the company behind the project and one of the leading providers in the world.

Prof Carsten P Welsch, the Head of the Liverpool Physics Department and the Quasar Group Leader, says: “I am absolutely thrilled about this news. It brings advanced cancer therapy to Liverpool that will benefit many patients. In Liverpool Physics Department, we carry out research into various aspects of medical accelerators, including facility design and optimisation, development of advanced diagnostics and new treatment techniques.”

The Quasar Group from the University of Liverpool is also active in international collaborations within the field, especially through coordination of the European network OMA - Optimisation of Medical Accelerators.

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