‘The best possible cancer treatment’

A view of the stylish new reception area in the North West Cancer Centre, which yesterday began treating its first patients.

A view of the stylish new reception area in the North West Cancer Centre, which yesterday began treating its first patients.

Altnagelvin is open and will treat more than 85 per cent of all Inishowen sufferers

A handful of cancer patients, including one from Donegal, began receiving treatment at the new North West Cancer Centre in Derry yesterday.

The cross-border radiotherapy unit, which has been almost a decade in the planning and cost £66 million to build, is now open at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Around 85 per cent of those diagnosed with cancer in Inishowen will now avail of treatment there, instead of having to travel to Galway or Dublin.

A number of prostate cancer sufferers have become the first to be treated in Derry and the centre will soon accept breast cancer patients, before moving onto other tumour groups, including colorectal, lung, head and neck.

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Donna Roddy