New radiotherapy equipment to help cancer patients in Sheffield

A radiotherapy room at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield
A radiotherapy room at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield
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Sheffield is set to benefit from an NHS investment in new radiotherapy machines to help cancer patients.

The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of 15 across the country to receive new equipment in the fight against cancer.

Announcing the investment at the Britain Against Cancer conference, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, said: "Across the country, the NHS is now making great strides in upgrading modern cancer radiotherapy equipment and ensuring faster access to the most promising new cancer drugs

"Because the quality of NHS cancer care has improved so much over the past year, an extra 2,000 families will be able to celebrate the Christmas holiday with a loved one who has successfully survived cancer."

NHS England also announced a £200 million funding pot for health authorities with the best ideas for stopping potential cancer patients 'bouncing between GPs and hospitals'.

The cash has been made available to regional Cancer Alliances to help find innovative ways to diagnose the disease earlier and prevent patients being passed repeatedly between healthcare providers.

It is also calling on the local health authorities to come up with ways to improve care for patients with cancer and after treatment.

Fay Scullion, interim director for England at the charity Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "We are pleased that NHS England is making this money available to local structures, Cancer Alliances, to make sure everyone with cancer has access to the right treatment and support throughout their journey.

"This includes making sure people are diagnosed earlier and get personalised follow-up care."

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