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Tower Hamlets patients to benefit from £200m Barts Cancer Centre

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:01 05 October 2010

EAST End cancer sufferers will be able to receive some of the best treatment in the country from today with the new £200m Barts Cancer Centre. The nine-storey extension at St Bartholomew s Hospital is officially opening its doors for the first time this

EAST End cancer sufferers will be able to receive some of the best treatment in the country from today with the new £200m Barts Cancer Centre.

The nine-storey extension at St Bartholomew's Hospital is officially opening its doors for the first time this morning to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities, stem cell and gene therapies, radiotherapy and radio-surgery technology.

The centre in West Smithfield will be one of the only in the country to have five RapidArc linear accelerators that can deliver radiotherapy eight times faster and with pinpoint precision to more tumour sites than ever before.

Former patient and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Johnnie Walker will be dropping into the centre this morning to talk about his battle with cancer seven years ago.

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.

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