Newcastle University experts lead fight against cancer
Aug 2 2012 Helen Rae
SCIENTISTS in the North East are leading the fight against cancer as they have unveiled ground-breaking equipment that will help those with the condition.
Experts at Newcastle University today previewed the pioneering Biomarker Generator, an ultra-compact cyclotron, that is installed at the university.
It is the first time this machine has been set up in Europe and it is only the second of its type in world.
The Biomarker Generator works by creating radioactive tracers which are given to patients, who then undergo scans to provide information on their cancer.
All the information collected helps doctors to find the exact location of the patient’s cancer, establish the best course of action and quickly identify if new treatments are working.
The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has donated £625,000 to buy the machine – the biggest single donation from the charity – and the university has also invested £600,000 itself in the machinery.