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New 200m cancer centre is opened at Barts hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital
The hospital will be one of the few in the UK to have the new equipment

Doctors at one of Britain's oldest hospitals say the opening of a £200m cancer centre will help them "manage' the disease over the next 10 years.

Health chiefs said the new cancer centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital (Barts) in east London would offer up-to-date treatments for patients.

The hospital will have new equipment which it says can reduce tumour sizes eight times faster than before.

The hospital will be one of the few in the UK to have the new equipment.

Doctors and researchers at the Barts Cancer Institute specialise in the most severe cancers, including pancreas, prostate, ovary, bowel and breast cancer.

Barts cancer director, Professor Nick Lemoine, said: "We can never be as complacent as to say we'll cure all cancer, but we believe we can, within 10 years, make it manageable, drastically reducing its impact on sufferers and their families.

"One such example is the ability this centre gives us to develop screening for the earliest stages of cancer, moving treatment from managing advanced disease to using minimally invasive techniques to remove small growths before they have a chance to invade".



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