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West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Centre

Development of new West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Centre

Demand for radiotherapy treatment is set to increase significantly over the next ten years as more of us live longer and more cases of cancer are detected at an earlier stage.

To help meet this future demand work is underway to develop plans for a West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Centre.

This Centre, which would operate as a satellite facility for the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow, would increase access to the state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatments and allow many more patients in the West of Scotland to be treated closer to home. It will be equipped with the most advanced technology to deliver the same world-class treatment and techniques currently provided at the Glasgow centre. This includes two new state-of-the-art linear accelerators, which deliver high-energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells, with expansion space for a third machine, if required. The Centre will also have a CT simulator to help plan radiotherapy treatment. This will enable around 80 patients a day who require radiotherapy for lung, breast, prostate and rectal cancers to be treated.

Following a detailed assessment, which took into account a wide range of factors such as travel times, clinical benefits and site requirements, Monklands Hospital in Airdrie has been confirmed as the preferred location for the new Centre which will be called The Lanarkshire Beatson.

The new will be equipped with the most advanced technology to deliver the same world-class treatment and techniques currently provided at the Glasgow centre. This includes two new state-of-the-art linear accelerators, which deliver high-energy radiation to shrink tumours and kill cancer cells, with expansion space for a third machine, if required. The centre will also have a CT simulator to help plan radiotherapy treatment. This will enable around 80 patients a day who require radiotherapy for lung, breast, prostate and rectal cancers to be treated.

A Satellite Radiotherapy Outline Business Case for the proposed new facility was approved by the Scottish Government in August 2013 and a more detailed West of Scotland Satellite Radiotherapy Full Business Case was submitted to the Scottish Government in March 2014 and approved in April 2014. Construction will start at the end of May 2014 and the new Centre could be operational by the end of 2015.

A Satellite Radiotherapy Initial Agreement and a Satellite Radiotherapy Design Brief, setting out some of the key layout and design requirements for the new facility, have also been developed.

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