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Cancer centre opens to the public

The cancer centre at Churchill Hospital
Visitors can learn about radiology and robot-aided surgery

A new Oxfordshire cancer unit has opened its doors to the public to help demystify the disease and the treatments patients receive.

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals and the University of Oxford are holding a joint public open day at the Churchill Hospital cancer centre in Oxford.

On Saturday doors will be open to back-room areas normally closed to the public, including operating theatres.

The £109m centre opened in March 2009 after months of delays.

Visitors will be able to learn about radiology and new technology, including a surgical robot that allows surgeons to carry out precision surgery remotely using robotic arms.

The cancer centre, Churchill Hospital, and the University Green Building on the Old Road campus will be open from 1100 GMT to 1500 GMT.

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