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New 10 tonne cancer-treatment machines arrive at Queen Mary’s Hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:07 08 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:26 11 April 2016

The 10-tonne Linac machine arriving

The 10-tonne Linac machine arriving

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They will be used at the new Guy’s and St Thomas Centre’

Two state-of-the-art cancer-treatment machines have arrived in Sidcup ahead of the opening of a new cancer centre.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ centre is due to open to patients at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup later this year.

The £30million site will offer an alternative to travelling into central London for radiotherapy and chemotherapy patients.

A Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre will also be based at the centre, to provide emotional support and information to cancer patients and their families.

June Casson, 67, a retired civil servant from Downham, chairs the Patient Reference Group which has shaped the new cancer centre.

She said: “My cancer treatment 11 years ago included daily radiotherapy treatment at St Thomas’ Hospital. I was travelling up to 90 minutes each way every day for treatment.

“The new cancer centre is really needed by patients in Bexley and the surrounding areas because radiotherapy is tiring and traumatic enough without commuting into central London for treatment.”

Angela Francis, head of radiotherapy services at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “We have worked with patients and healthcare professionals in south east London over a number of years to bring treatment nearer to where patients live.

“The arrival of the linear accelerators at Queen Mary’s is a really exciting milestone in the development of our new cancer centre which will benefit many local people.”

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