New funding for cancer treatment

A new form of cancer treatment that could help 1,500 patients a year is to receive £150 million in funding, the Department of Health has announced.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley suggested that proton beam therapy, which targets cancerous cells with a high-energy beam while protecting surrounding tissues, will be the next big thing in the development of the disease treatment.

Mr Lansley said: "This investment will ensure that Britain remains at the cutting edge of the fight against cancer. This is great news for patients, as well as for our scientists and academics."

He added that this large investment will help the British healthcare system become first class and one of the best in the world for the treatment of intensive cancers found in children, such as spine and brain forms of the disease.

The therapy is said to offer a more targeted way of treating diseased cells with precision.

According to Cancer Research UK, 1,550 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Britain.

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