Our cancer services are delivered by our oncology team. Oncology is the branch of medicine responsible for the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. Cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer sometimes begins in one part of the body before spreading to other areas. This process is known as metastasis. There are over 200 different types of cancer, and it is a common condition in the UK. It is estimated that around one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
Our cancer service is responsible for identifying the type (or types) of cancer a person may have and providing therapy and treatments as required, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Care is delivered by a team of oncologists (cancer specialists), specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, and by our booking team.
Services are based in the Macmillan Cancer Unit, a purpose built facility which consists of the Lawrence Ward, the Galton Unit, and an information centre and tranquil garden for patients and their families.
Cancer care services