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7 March, 2006 - 17:50 By Staff Reporter

Cancer-busting technology piloted

A pioneering new cancer-busting technology, shortly to be pioneered by Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, was revealed to executives at Business Weekly’s East of England Business Awards presentation dinner.

Speaker, Dr Mary Archer, chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the hospital’s oncology department would soon take delivery of a revolutionary new linear accelerator, having been chosen by the Department of Health to trailblaze the project.

Linear accelerators use high frequency electromagnetic waves to accelerate electrons to high energies. These can be used to treat cancer or they can be made to strike a target and produce x-rays, which can also be used to treat cancer.

A linear accelerator that can produce both photons and electrons is called a dual-energy machine.

Such technology is more valuable as a tool in oncology treatment as it can treat a wider range of cancers.

Dr Archer also described another of the hospital’s recent innovations in the form of the urology department’s da Vinci robotic system.

The da Vinci system assists surgeons with operations on patients with prostate cancer by helping to remove the whole prostate gland or just the seminal vesicles using telescopes inserted into the patient’s abdomen.

The robot has three arms operated from a console by the surgeons.

Two of them hold surgical instruments and one is for a 3D camera.


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