Proton therapy in the Czech Republic now available for BUPA UK private patients

Bupa UK now offers access to pencil-scanning technology for the treatment of tumours, due to a new partnership with the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague.

Bupa UK has partnered with the Proton Therapy Centre in Prague to offer its eligible health insurance members access to pencil-scanning technology for the treatment of tumours.

The technology treats tumours by accelerating protons until they reach half the speed of light.

Unlike traditional radiotherapy using X-rays, proton therapy can pin-point the precise area to target and preserve healthy tissue around the tumour, making treatment less invasive for patients and helps reduce their recovery time.

The technology has treated more than 2,500 patients from 25 countries.

It can target tumours in the head, neck, brain, central nervous system, lungs, prostate, breast, pancreas and lymphomas. It can also help treat tumours in children.

Dr Tim Woodman, Bupa UK medical director, said: “At Bupa we’re committed to providing our customers with access to fast, high quality healthcare that is right for them.

“For some very specific types of cancer, proton therapy has been shown to have distinct advantages over surgery or traditional radiotherapy and we are delighted to be able to offer our customers with these conditions a treatment that is designed to deliver better patient outcomes.

Vaclav Lastovka, Proton Therapy Centre founder and chief executive, said: “Being a Bupa partner in the highly specialised field of oncological care is a great success for us. It is further confirmation that the results of our treatment and the quality of our medical services are recognised worldwide.