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Pioneering radiotherapy machine is a 'dream come true': 5 questions

A ground-breaking new radiotherapy machine is being used in the UK. The Magnetic Resonance Linear Accelerator (MR Linac) machine scans tumours inside the body while delivering X-ray radiation beams at the same time. The team behind it hopes it will lead to more patients being cured, with fewer treatment side-effects.  A patient with prostate cancer was the first in the UK to receive treatment, at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. A team of clinical oncologists, therapeutic radiographers, and physicists, worked in collaboration for years to make this treatment available to patients. Dr Alison Tree, consultant clinical oncologist at The Royal Marsden is leading the PRISM clinical trial and is team leader in Uro-oncology clinical trials at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)…

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