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NGH prepares for new cancer machines

Patients receiving radiotherapy treatment at Northampton General Hospital are set to benefit from a £5.5m million investment in new equipment and facilities. 

Building work is underway at the hospital as part of a replacement programme which will see three new linear accelerator (LINAC) machines. The first will be housed in a purpose-designed converted building connected to the main hospital site by a new glass walkway. 

Consultant oncologist Dr Craig Knighton said: “With our three existing LINAC machines all coming to end of their life at the same time and needing to be replaced, the timing was perfect for us to look at the bigger picture to see how we could improve the overall experience of our radiotherapy patients.  

“With the three new machines, Northampton will be one of the most advanced centres for radiotherapy in the country, with benefits including a greater range of therapies, reduced side effects and improved positioning of patients which means better accuracy in targeting cancer cells.”

Watch our short video to hear more about the replacement programme.

The first of the three LINAC machines has already been delivered and is due to be operational in early November, with all three scheduled to be in place by the end of 2016.

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Notes to editors:

A linear accelerator (LINAC) is the device most commonly used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. The linear accelerator is used to treat all parts of the body by delivering high-energy x-rays to the region of the patient's tumour.

Posted on Tuesday 9th May 2017
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