Works starts on new Norwich cancer treatment centre
Work has started on building on a new radiotherapy cancer treatment centre at a Norwich hospital, which will increase the number of patients who can be treated by a third over the next five years.
The new �4.5m unit will be next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's Mulbarton ward and will house two more linear accelerators, bring the total of six 'linacs' at N&N. The first will be installed once the building work is complete, due to be by the end of summer next year, and a second is due to be installed in 2015.
This equipment provides radiotherapy for a range of cancers and works by using high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells.
Consultant oncologist Jenny Nobes said radiotherapy is often used instead of surgery, and can have the same effectiveness.
She said: 'Hopefully waiting times will be less for radiotherapy and more patients will be able to benefit from this locally.'
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The plans also include a new orthovoltage treatment room with equipment which can treat cancers which sit near the surface of the body, such as some skin cancers.
The new build will include a waiting area, office space and two consulting rooms and to help cancer patients avoid a hospital admission, there will be space for a new Acute Oncology Suite to provide rapid assessment and treatment for patients who are experiencing complications with their cancer or its treatment.
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About 200 patients receive radiotherapy each month at the N&N, with patients referred from other local hospitals including the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.