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Calls for cancer treatment centre

25 March 09 08:44 GMT

Calls to build a radiotherapy centre in Swindon for cancer patients will be presented to a health committee on Wednesday.

Patients in Swindon currently travel to Oxford, five days a week for up to six weeks, to receive treatment.

Cllr Mick Bray, from Swindon Borough Council, said the time was "ripe" to review the situation, to provide a radiotherapy treatment.

He said a centre could improve the lifestyle of patients in Swindon.

"A large number of treatments require daily journeys to Oxford for 30 continuous days, which can be a slow and tiresome journey of one to two hours," he said.

The review completed by Swindon Borough Council in conjunction with Swindon Primary Care Trust and the Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be presented to the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

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