We’re here – right where you need us

We support you on every step of your cancer journey, offering personalised treatments including proton beam therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and we provide you with supportive care during and after treatment. Our treatment services are available to self-paying and privately insured patients, and patients from the NHS (where agreements are in place).

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UK’s only network of proton therapy centres

Proton beam therapy is available across the UK at the Rutherford Cancer Centres network. It’s an advanced form of radiotherapy, ensuring highly targeted and accurate treatment delivery, especially in circumstances where tumours may be in sensitive or hard-to-reach areas, this very personalised treatment can also have fewer side effects.

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A network of leading oncology experts

Our clinical teams work alongside leading consultant oncologists across the Rutherford Cancer Centres network, with many trained in the specialised delivery of proton beam therapy. Our experts focus on providing you with high-quality cancer care and are always on hand to support you from diagnosis and consultation through to recovery.

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Personalised cancer care and support

Everyone is different, which is why we deliver personalised cancer care and support, to help you get back to your normal daily life as soon as possible. Our innovative cancer treatments include proton beam therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and supportive care services. Our cancer treatment pathways are carefully designed around your individual needs.

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Welcoming patients from overseas

Cancer patients from overseas can expect a five-star service, with state-of-the-art treatments and a patient pathway that goes beyond best practice. We have direct flights from over 200 countries to the nearest airports, with a concierge service to support you during your treatment. Your patient journey with us will be straightforward and without delay.

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Rutherford Cancer Centres provide high-quality cancer care and support when you need it most

UK's only network of proton beam therapy centres

At the Rutherford Cancer Centres, we provide personalised cancer treatment with exceptional patient care and welcome patients from the UK and internationally. We are the only UK network of cancer centres to offer proton beam therapy, alongside conventional radiotherapy, chemotherapyimmunotherapy, supportive care services and diagnostic imaging services. 

Treatments and services are available to self-paying and privately insured patients, and patients from the NHS (where framework agreements apply). Our clinical teams utilise the most up-to-date and leading technologies to deliver treatment plans that aim to provide the best outcome for your individual needs.

We’re here – right where you need us. At every step of your cancer journey, we provide you with ongoing cancer care and support during and after treatment, delivered by a team of experts that are always on hand when you need them.

What is proton beam therapy?

Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of external radiotherapy that uses high-energy protons instead of photon x-rays or electrons. This treatment can better target harder to reach tumours in sensitive locations or near vital organs in the body. Proton beam therapy ensures the best possible outcomes, with minimal side effects and is beneficial for cancers such as those diagnosed in the prostate, spine,  liver and breast. You can find out more about the cancers we treat with proton beam therapy by using our treatment finder below. 

An overview of how proton beam therapy works

Proton beam therapy is highly accurate in targeting a treatment area. It can be used to treat hard-to-reach tumours, while lowering radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs.

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Proton beam therapy - a consultant overview

Professor Roger Taylor, a clinical consultant oncologist at Rutherford Cancer Centres, gives an insight into how proton beam therapy works.

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Proton beam therapy in action - patient video

Video created and contributed by Rutherford Cancer Centres patient, Richard Lee-Brown

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A patient perspective - Simon's story

Simon made history in 2018 when he became the first adult patient to have proton beam therapy here in the UK, leading the way for various others who have since embarked on this treatment option in their own fight against cancer.

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Proton beam therapy at the Rutherford Cancer Centres

The Rutherford Cancer Centres give you access to the latest cancer treatment options, including proton beam therapy. Our team is here to support you on your cancer journey, with treatments and wellbeing services available across the UK at our state-of-the-art oncology centres.

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Our team is here to support you on your cancer journey, with treatments and wellbeing services.

Everyone is different, so treatment options for certain cancers will vary from person to person. An oncologist will discuss which treatment options will be best for you.

This treatment finder is designed to help you find out more about certain types of cancers and how they might be treated at the Rutherford. To get started, simply click a gender option below, and an area of the body for more information.

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Cancers we treat with proton beam therapy

Proton beam therapy can be used as a sole method for treating certain cancers or used in combination with other cancer services, such as chemotherapy, or to ensure that any remaining cancerous cells are destroyed following tumour removal surgery.

This type of treatment can be beneficial for cancers in certain areas of the body. You can find out more about the cancers we treat with proton beam therapy by using our treatment finder.

These are some of the body areas we can treat with proton beam therapy:
  • Bowel
  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Head & Neck
  • Lung
  • Lymphoma
  • Oesophagus
  • Prostate
  • Sarcoma
  • Skull base
  • Spine
  • Vaginal

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Cancer care and support with a difference

We understand that cancer affects so much more than your physical health. We are here to support you at every step of your cancer journey, with a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, delivered in a supportive environment. Our clinical teams work alongside leading consultant oncologists across the Rutherford Cancer Centres network, with many trained in the delivery of proton beam therapy. No matter where you are in your treatment plan, you will have access to innovative treatments and our dedicated treatment and support team, that will ensure you always receive high-quality care. 

Proton Beam Therapy

Proton Beam Therapy

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy

MR-linac Radiotherapy

MR-linac Radiotherapy

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy

Supportive Care

Supportive Care

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Referral to Rutherford

Referral to Rutherford

International Patients

International Patients

All the staff were fabulous. First class treatment and care was given on each visit.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre North East

October 15, 2020

One of the best facilities I’ve ever seen. Staff are lovely and really helpful.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre North East

June 1, 2019

Thank you for looking after me so well. You are all brilliant.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley

February 1, 2019

Staff were very approachable, nothing was to much trouble.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

June 2, 2020

All the staff took great care of me, made me feel welcome and all were friendly and polite. I will never have any doubts that I made the right choice coming here for treatment.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

May 1, 2020

A clean, quiet, peaceful environment with individual rooms for privacy (and security during the pandemic). Welcoming, friendly, professional nurses. Flexible timings of appointments.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre North East

July 1, 2020

The pleasant welcome and attitude of all the staff made the treatment sessions more relaxed and less stressful. All staff were prepared to give you time, answer questions, give help and never gave the impression of get in and get out.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

August 1, 2020

The whole treatment was completed by very caring and polite and caring staff who did everything to ensure my comfort and care. The premises were immaculate in cleanliness.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

August 2, 2020

Why go private at the Rutherford Cancer Centres?

We offer rapid consultations and deliver personalised cancer treatment in our state-of-the-art cancer centres, to enable you to get back to your daily life as soon as possible. We are the only private healthcare provider to offer proton beam therapy here in the UK and are registered with many of the leading healthcare insurance providers including Bupa, Aviva, Axa, and Vitality. Please contact us to find out more about the insurers we work with.

State-of-the-art facilities

We provide access to state-of-the-art cancer treatments, we are the only private healthcare provider to offer proton beam therapy here in the UK.

Rapid patient response

We offer rapid consultations and the latest cancer treatment options, to enable our patients to get back to their daily life as soon as possible.

Highest standards of care

We deliver personalised support from the point of diagnosis and referral through to post-treatment and recovery, tailored to meet our patient's needs.

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