A CANCER treatment that was pioneered at Basingstoke hospital is set to be rolled out across England.

Sky News has reported that the ‘chemo bath’, which is used to treat bowel cancer patients whilst they are still in the operating theatre, could be used to treat around 300 patients a year. 

A spokesman for Basingstoke hospital told The Gazette that the procedure was pioneered at Basingstoke hospital, not The Christie Hospital in Manchester, as reported by Sky. 

The procedure, which is also available at The Christie Hospital, is said to cure 50 per cent of patients with certain types of bowel cancer.

The ‘chemo bath’ is used after surgeons have removed cancerous tissue.

A heated chemotherapy solution is then poured into the abdominal cavity to get rid of cancer cells that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

The technique is called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy.