CLIC Sargent welcomes proton beam therapy announcement

CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has welcomed today’s announcement from the Department of Health that it will fund proton beam therapy in the UK.

Pam Robinson, CLIC Sargent’s Assistant Director of Services, said: “It’s great news that proton beam therapy will be available here in the UK from 2018. Of course accessing the best treatment available is always the priority, but young people and families have told us that travelling abroad for it and being separated from loved ones at a time when their lives have already been turned upside down can be very stressful.

“CLIC Sargent provides support to young people and families who have to go abroad at the moment, including support and advice on dealing with practical issues back home and some grants to cover expenses the NHS doesn’t cover.

“When proton beam therapy is available here the situation for young people and families will be transformed, and we will be able to provide the full range of clinical, practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer, and their families need during treatment.”

Public Health Minister Anna Soubry confirmed today that £250million of government funding will be available to provide the treatment at two of the UK’s leading specialist cancer hospitals: Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information or for an interview with a spokesperson, please contact Helen Thomas on 020 8752 2855 or email hthomas@clicsargent.org.uk Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About childhood cancer
Every day 10 children and young people are told they have cancer, and diagnosis usually comes as a shock. Treatment normally starts straightaway and can last up to three years. Although survival rates are about 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. It provides clinical, practical and emotional support for young cancer patients and their families, from diagnosis onwards. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

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