Cancer therapy clinics with less aggressive treatments to open in Spain

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PRIVATE HOSPITALS: The first of the two hospitals is due to open in the last quarter of the year. Photo: Shutterstock

TWO private hospitals are due to open centres in Madrid as Spain joins a global race to adopt proton beam therapy, a form of cancer treatment hailed as a less aggressive alternative to the current X-ray radiation.

Children and patients with rare tumours will especially benefit from the treatment which has fewer side effects than conventional X-rays.

The first of the two hospitals is due to open in the last quarter of the year, and the second one in March 2020.

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There are currently more than 20 proton treatment centres in Europe and 27 in America, with many more in the pipeline.

And some industry sources say the current global figure of around 60 could double in the next five years.


Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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