Cancer Research welcome radiotherapy announcement

Cancer Research UK has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Health Minister, Edwin Poots to give the go ahead to the radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin.

Vicky Crichton, Cancer Research UK’s public affairs manager, said: “This decision is good news for radiotherapy services in Northern Ireland.

Half of all cancer patients should receive radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment, and it helps cure 40 per cent of cases. Not only does radiotherapy cure cancer, and is cost effective, but we also know that there are cutting edge radiotherapy treatments which simply aren’t available to many patients across the UK. Alongside recent commitments to improve radiotherapy services in Belfast, today’s decision will make a real difference for cancer patients across the region.

“It will ensure that the service in Northern Ireland has enough capacity for the future, and that patients in the North West will not always have to travel to Belfast for their treatment.”