GILLIAN Keegan, Chichester’s MP, was shown around the Elekta factory, a leading innovator of equipment and software used to improve, prolong and save the lives of people with cancer and brain disorders.
Mrs Keegan visited the site last month to see their new radiotherapy machines, the MR-Linac. This machine combines the high-resolution imaging and precision radiation therapy allowing treatment to be tailored to the needs of the patient and their cancer.
This is only possible as the technology is able to see and track the target cancer cells, including changes in tumor position, shape and biology, while providing real-time information you need to respond immediately.
By 2025, the percentage of cancer patients needing radiotherapy as part of their treatment will have risen from the current 50 per cent up to 60 per cent.
The MP attended the factory to learn more about the best radiotherapy technology available as she has been campaigning to get a treatment centre at St Richard’s in Chichester. As part of this, the MP co-founded the All Party Parliamentary Group for Radiotherapy.
After the visit, Mrs Keegan said: “I love factory visits. They take me back to where I started in a car factory in Liverpool.
“We saw the latest and greatest in cancer treatment technology. These amazing MR-Linac machines make radiotherapy treatment more accurate and much quicker.
“I have been campaigning to get this technology at St Richard’s in Chichester, so people don’t have to travel long distances to get the treatment they need.”