Our next appeal is to be announced in the near future. The PCTA is in discussion with the Peterborough and Stamford NHS Hospital Trust and a decision is expected soon. Full details will be revealed here in due course.


The Linac Gating Appeal – 2013/2014

The Trustees agreed with the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to raise funds to purchase, at a cost of £100,000, the software and hardware for a new Gating Process, a computer aided technique which improves the accuracy of radiotherapy treatment. The £100,000 was to cover the cost of providing the process on two machines.

WE DID IT – £96,000

Linac Gating Peterborough

What is a Linac Gating?
Andrew Poynter, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Head of Radiotherapy Physics, Peterborough and Stamford NHS Foundation Trust:

“Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy x-rays to treat cancer, by focussing them on the tumour cells whilst trying to avoid as much of the patient’s healthy tissues as possible. Tumours in or near the chest present a particular challenge because they move as the patient breathes. To ensure that the x-rays hit the tumour it is necessary to treat a larger volume of tissue than would be the case for a stationary target. This leads to a larger volume of healthy tissue being irradiated. Linac gating is a new development that allows the x-ray delivery from the treatment machine to be synchronised with the patients breathing motion so that the treated volume can be minimised. This will be of particular benefit to patients with lung, pancreas and liver tumours and also for some breast cancers.”