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Mum's call for cancer therapy for Iona

A SOLIHULL mum whose little girl is battling a brain tumour is campaigning for a pioneering treatment to be made available in the UK.

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A SOLIHULL mum whose little girl is battling a brain tumour is campaigning for a pioneering treatment to be made available in the UK.

Ann Strachan was hoping her daughter Iona might be eligible for proton therapy - but was disappointed when the Department for Health decided not to refer the six-year-old for the treatment.

Iona, who switched on Solihull’s Christmas lights last year, will begin a course of radiotherapy in the New Year. But Ann wants to see proton therapy introduced to this country, so other cancer patients can benefit.

“It’s too late for us, but there are plenty of other people who should know about this treatment,” said Ann, who works for Solihull police.

“At the moment people have to travel abroad to get this type of treatment - they have machines in Switzerland, France and America, but not the UK.

“There is a board which makes the decision about who to refer for the treatment - but how do they decide between two people who should get it and who shouldn’t? If there was a machine in the UK then it would be so much easier.”

Proton therapy uses a beam of protons to irradiate diseased tissue and can be used to treat several types of cancer - although it is particularly effective for people with brain tumours.

“I do a lot of research to find out what treatments are available and I really think it’s important that people in the UK are given the chance to benefit,” she said.

 

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