One of Scotland’s leading cancer charities has committed £850,000 to a ground-breaking radiotherapy research project.
The funding from Beatson Cancer Charity will have a significant impact on survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients across central Scotland.
It will allow Professor Anthony Chalmers to assemble a team of leading researchers who will evaluate new techniques and treatments together, building upon The Beatson’s internationally recognised work.
The charity is also providing funding for advanced technology with which to carry out the life-changing research.
Professor Anthony Chalmers said: “Radiotherapy has been one of the most effective forms of cancer treatment for many years.
“Today, we have a wide range of innovative equipment and techniques that deliver radiotherapy much more accurately, meaning in some cases we can give a higher dose to a tumour, increasing the possibility of cure. These are exciting breakthroughs and at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre we’re continuing to refine them in our radiotherapy department and in our laboratories.
“The next critical step is to test them on patients and for that we need financial support to create the Radiotherapy Research Project.
“The Beatson is an international centre of excellence.
“Some of the new approaches that are revolutionising radiotherapy treatments have been developed in Glasgow and now we need to recruit and support the experts who will turn pioneering research into life-saving treatments.”
Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, who backs the funding, added: “I welcome this research project which will have a significant impact on survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients across Scotland.
“I look forward to seeing the outcome of this research.”