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Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from England have had proton radiation beam therapy in (a) England and (b) abroad; how many were funded by the NHS; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the treatment. (188059)

Information on the number of patients who have received proton beam therapy in England and abroad and who were funded by the national health service is not collected centrally.

However, the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group (NRAG) Proton Sub-Group Report estimated that 100 to 130 patients with particular eye tumours are treated each year at the current United Kingdom proton therapy facility at Clatterbridge.

The report also estimated that approximately 15 to 20 other patients are referred for proton therapy abroad.

The NRAG Proton Sub-Group Report considered the evidence base for proton therapy and informed the overarching NRAG Report published in May 2007.

The NRAG Proton Sub Group Report is available at: Subgroup%20Report%20-%20fin.pdf