A non-evasive treatment system Novalis Tx has been unveiled at a new radiotherapy centre, The Christie, at Salford Royal Hospital, Bolton, Manchester, UK, to help patients win their battle against the deadly disease Cancer.
Novalis Tx uses a specialised technique called radiosurgeryÂ which is able to destroy deadly cancerous cells anywhere in the body in a 20-minute session.
The new treatment is totally non-evasive and painless to the patient and developed by Varian Medical Systems and Brainlab in England and Scotland.
The new radiotherapy will benefit sufferers of brain and spine tumours previously believed to be untreatable by surgeons.
The Novalis Tx uses powerful and highly accurate beams of radiation that are designed to fit the most complex shapes of cancerous tumours and owing to the 20-minute non-evasive treatment time more patients will benefit in the space of one day.
“The Novalis Tx was the perfect choice for the centre because it will help The Christie treat more patients by switching between specialised radiosurgery for tumours in the brain to standard radiotherapy for other cancers in the body.
“In our first year we are looking to treat 720 patients with the Novalis Tx,120 of which will be priority brain tumour patients where precise, non-evasive treatments is particularly effective”, said The Christie Radiotherapy manager Rachel Good.
In the UK alone, 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year with an estimated 50,000 Â developing primary or secondary brain tumours which is believed to be the biggest cause of cancer deaths in men aged under 45-years-old and women aged under 35-years-old.