Vitol boss pledges to boost Britains proton beam offering after cancer treatment

The parents of Ashya King (centre) were jailed after taking their five-year-old son abroad in an attempt to secure proton beam treatment for him Mr Taylor said he was hopeful of a major breakthrough to defeat cancer treatment in the next 15 years In an interview with the Financial Times, he said: “I had to go to Switzerland for proton beam therapy.”“It’s not available in this country. Anyway, there’s now going to be some in this country. Hopefully I’m going just to dedicate a bit of money to making sure.”The philanthropist said he was feeling better since treatment and was “not ready to kick the bucket yet.”  And he said he was hopeful of major breakthroughs in cancer treatment in coming years.“I think we’ll probably beat cancer in the next 10 or 15 years,” he said. The parents of Ashya King (centre) were jailed after taking their five-year-old son abroad in an attempt to secure proton beam treatment for himCredit:JORGE GUERRERO/AFP Mr Taylor said he was hopeful of a major breakthrough to defeat cancer treatment in the next 15 yearsCredit:Jason Alden/ Bloomberg Mr Taylor, who stepped down as chief executive of oil trader Vitol in March, but remains its chairman, said his own experiences had spurred him to invest in ensuring access to proton beam therapy in the UK. One of Britain’s wealthiest businessmen has pledged to boost Britain’s proton beam offering after he was forced to travel to Switzerland for cancer treatment.Ian Taylor, the head of the world’s largest energy trader, and chairman of the board of trustees at the Royal Opera House, said he had hoped to invest in services in this country after his own experiences with throat cancer.The businessman, 62, is recovering from proton beam therapy to treat throat cancer, after two bouts of “massive” surgery.He said he was forced to travel to Switzerland, because there is nowhere in this country offering the pioneering therapy, which can offer more targeted treatment  without damaging surrounding tissues.Currently the NHS funds patients to go abroad for proton therapy, if doctors decide that it is required. Later this year the Christie Hospital in Manchester is due to open the first centre offering such treatment, with a centre in London due to open in 2020.In 2014, the parents of Ashya King were jailed after taking their five-year-old son abroad in an attempt to secure proton beam treatment for him.They successfully obtained treatment at a hospital in Prague – after the NHS said that it would offer him no benefit over standard treatment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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