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30th Jun, 2022

New technology delivers radiotherapy in just five days

CANCER survivor David Cobb is one of the first people to benefit from new state-of-the-art radiotherapy.

Advances in technology mean treatment can be given in just five days compared to the normal seven and a half weeks.

David, a retired headteacher from Stratford, had radiotherapy for his prostate tumour in August last year. He has now received test results indicating he is in remission.

He said: “This radiotherapy meant I was able to get it over and done within five days, and get on with my life.

“I cannot thank Dr Chan enough, my nurse Vicky Sturgess and all of the people who work behind the scenes to ensure patients like me get brilliant care. The staff were professional, good humoured and sympathetic.”

The Arden Cancer Centre, based at University Hospital in Coventry, is one of the first places to adopt the new technology, which is not yet widely available in the UK.

Radiotherapy development lead Dr Andrew Chan said: “We are very privileged to be at the forefront of cancer treatments.

“We have a fantastic and enthusiastic team who work hard to ensure cancer patients get world-class radiotherapy on their doorstep.”

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