Welcome to oncology

We are proud to have celebrated our 20th year in 2017, and have grown in those years to be a large national cancer centre with a reputation for excellent patient centred care and collaborative working.

We have one of the largest radiotherapy services in the UK, and continue to expand and develop. A recent successful bid for national funding has enabled us to upgrade our Linear Accelerators, and we have seven in operation.

We are delighted to have just opened a brand new chemotherapy facility at Chorley & South Ribble Hospital, as we continue to develop services and bring care closer to home.

Our oncology department

At the Cancer Centre we work as a unified and collegiate multidisciplinary team to provide world-class treatment and personalised care for every patient. We work together to provide cutting edge care, delivered with compassion.

The Cancer Centre leads the nonsurgical cancer services for the Lancashire and South Cumbria region. Most site specific network groups meet twice a year for business meetings and annually for education and updates. The oncologists deliver care both at the Cancer Centre and in peripheral hospital sites. We work closely with oncologists in hospitals across the region, with collaborative and effective relationships formed over time. We share common protocols to ensure equity in treatment delivery, and work as an MDT, entailing regular meetings and video conferences to facilitate an effective, network approach.

We meet regularly as MDTs and specialty groups to network, share best practice, and drive innovation.

The radiotherapy service is delivered at the Cancer Centre, at Royal Preston Hospital. Oncologists, Therapy Radiographers, Planners and Physicists work very closely together and share responsibility for development and treatment delivery. Our dedicated Research Radiographers and Physicists support our research initiatives and we lead and participate in national and international clinical trials and studies, including Hearts Spare, Fast Forward, Import high, CHIP and STAMPEDE.

Job plans include time dedicated to radiotherapy planning. We support AHP development, and treatment reviews are undertaken by a combination of medical and therapy radiographers. Our Consultant Radiographer specialises in prostate radiotherapy, and we are developing plans to  expand the specialist radiotherapy provision.

Chemotherapy is delivered across the network to ensure treatment close to home. We have dedicated chemotherapy units on both the Preston and Chorley sites. Chemotherapy delivery is

supported by a team of specialist nurses and a 24 hour treatment helpline. A group of nurse practitioners support the acute oncology service on both sites and provide nurse led chemotherapy clinics to support the clinicians.

Our dedicated 28 bed inpatient ward at Royal Preston Hospital provides care for oncology and haematology patients.

The Cancer Centre is of primary strategic importance to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and we have the ambition, talent and drive to develop and expand, and deliver world-class cancer care.