Proton Partners International opens third facility

Chris Land, Centre Manager, and Joanne Smith, founder of cancer charity FACT, with Rutherford nursing staff.

Proton Partners International has officially opened its third Rutherford Cancer Centre in Bomarsund in Northumberland. 

The new centre will serve patients from across the North East with proton beam technology alongside more conventional treatments such as chemotherapy. The centre will also provide state-of-the-art imaging services and immunotherapy.

Proton Partners International chief executive Mike Moran said: ‘The opening of the proton beam therapy suite at our North East centre is an exciting milestone in the development of high energy proton beam facilities in this country. Historically, the UK has lagged behind leading countries in the provision of this form of cancer treatment but now a complementary mix of private and public facilities are offering patients access to the most advanced technology that can enhance patient outcomes.’

The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East has also announced a partnership with the cancer charity Fighting Against All Cancers (FACT). Joanne Smith, founder of the charity, said: ‘The arrival of high energy proton beam therapy is an exciting development for the region. Given that the North East has the highest rate of cancer incidence in England, new advances in the provision of state-of-the-art cancer care to patients in the region is very welcome. We are delighted to have partnered with the Rutherford to ensure patients receive a supportive, professional and holistic experience during a challenging time.’