Cancer Conversations

Cancer Conversations are a series of short, documentary-style videos developed for healthcare professionals across England. Our GP Lead, Dr Rebecca Leon explores a variety of cutting-edge topics by interviewing leading specialists, experts, and patients. Each episode will focus on a different subject, providing you with key facts, insights and relevant information to expand your knowledge. All episodes are FREE to watch on YouTube due to funding from Health Education England.

Dr. Leon is a GP partner in East Cheshire with a special interest in primary care oncology, palliative care, and women’s health. She is GP lead educator at The Christie School of Oncology and GatewayC, and specialist doctor at Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Proton Beam Therapy

This episode follows Dr Rebecca Leon as she investigates proton beam therapy at The Christie Hospital, home of the first high-energy NHS proton beam centre in the UK, to speak to people involved and find out more.

Key questions covered include:

  • Which patients are eligible?
  • What are the common side effects?
  • How did you feel when you realised proton beam therapy was an option for treatment?

Update: Oscar (now 12) has experienced no side effects in over two years since the end of his treatment in 2019.  He is happy, well and doing incredibly well at secondary school (and wants to be a radiographer when he grows up thanks to his fantastic experience at a number of hospitals up and down the country!).