Karen Kirkby (Manchester)

Proton Therapy the myths and the magic

Abstract: Proton beam therapy is a new type of radiotherapy. The NHS has invested over £250M in two new clinical treatment centres the first of which in Manchester (at the Christie) started to treat patients in 2018. There has been a lot of "hype" around proton therapy and while it does offer huge potential there are also scientific and technological challenges that need to be addressed. This talk investigates the facts and the hype and how the new research room which is being developed as part of the clinical centre at the Christie will be used to answer key questions and thereby develop even better treatments for patients.