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Mousa and Ledley unveil life-saving machinery

21 November 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

A new state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine that will provide some of the most modern cancer treatment in the NHS was officially launched by Mousa Dembele and Club Ambassador, Ledley King, on Thursday.

We teamed up with NHS England and North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust to unveil the £2.85 million TrueBeam linear accelerator (linac) as part of our support of the ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign.

The lightning fast TrueBeam linac enables tumours resulting from conditions like prostate and head and neck cancer to be zapped with pin-point accuracy by x-ray beams, using a system that is four times faster than conventional radiotherapy treatment.

We are supporting ‘Get to know cancer,’ throughout the current Premier League season and, raising awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of cancer and spreading the message that cancer is treatable and beatable.

Hundreds of cancer patients at our local hospital in Edmonton, north London, will benefit from the advanced new radiotherapy treatment techniques.

Mousa said: “All of the players at the Club are supporting the ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign this season and it is great to see that our local hospital is equipped with the most up-to-date technology that could help save more people’s lives.

“We continue to encourage people to visit their doctor as soon as they notice any symptoms that could lead to cancer and will be raising awareness at our upcoming home game with Manchester United on Sunday 1 December.”

Ledley, meanwhile, is taking part in ‘Movember’ as part of the campaign. He added: “It is great for me personally showing my support for the ‘Get to know cancer’ campaign with my Movember efforts and to remind people of the important underlying message of saving lives through early diagnosis.

“This season the club has adopted the slogan THFC – Tottenham Hotspur Fighting Cancer, and it is great to see our local hospital launch this impressive piece of machinery.”

The system includes x-ray and CT scan imaging techniques, known as image-guided radiotherapy, to identify and track the tumour before and during the treatment so that even with small movements, such as breathing, the radiotherapy beams are guided to the precise spot.

The linac arrived at the hospital in July and has since undergone installation and extensive testing before being used for the first time on patients earlier this month.

NMUH chief executive Julie Lowe said: “This latest technology will help us deliver high quality care to our patients. We are proud to have this state-of-the-art system in our hospital as we continue with our modernisation plans.

“I'm delighted that our Tottenham neighbours have helped launch our new high-tech radiotherapy treatment. Raising awareness among men about the importance of recognising the possible signs of cancer and talking to a GP as early as possible if they have concerns is the key to getting successful diagnosis which enables them to take advantage of the fantastic NHS treatments that we have available. We applaud Spurs' leadership and involvement."