Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of external radiotherapy that uses high-energy proton beams instead of photon x-ray beams or electrons. Carefully measured doses of protons are delivered to the precise area needing treatment, using the latest IBA ProteusONE technology. This ensures that the delivery of proton beam therapy is highly accurate and prevents the risk of radiation reaching surrounding healthy tissue.
The radiotherapy treatment comes from an electrical machine called a ‘Linear accelerator’ and is directed as a beam to the part of the body that needs to be treated. Treatment is given daily over a period of days or weeks and you may hear people call these treatments ‘fractions’. They are just a fraction of your treatment dose and plan.
Chemotherapy at the Rutherford takes place in our modern therapy suites, consisting of up to ten treatment areas offering treatment for haematology/oncology patients requiring systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) and supportive care in an outpatient setting. The infusion therapy suites are available for patients undergoing treatment for breast, urology, upper and lower gastrointestinal cancers, and both malignant and non-malignant haematology disorders.
Rutherford Cancer Centre North East was custom built to suit the needs of our patients, offering the latest in diagnostic technology and treatments including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, proton beam therapy, in addition to wellbeing services.
The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East offers oncology services relevant to both the planning and delivery of cancer treatments. Currently, the centre provides proton beam therapy, radiotherapy for adults, alongside Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT) and supportive therapies tailored to our patients’ clinical needs.
Each Rutherford centre is designed to ensure patients and their family/carers can access our available services in comfortable and welcoming surroundings. Rutherford Cancer Centre North East offers state-of-the-art treatment facilities using the most up-to-date equipment, to plan and deliver the most effective treatments that are personalised to our patients’ needs.
Treatments available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East include:
Proton beam therapy
CT (computerised tomography) scanner
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner
Delivering exceptional care and support
Our dedicated support team endeavours to provide a holistic approach to care and will be available to provide advice and assistance during and after the delivery of treatment at Rutherford Cancer Centre North East. All patients can choose to complete a holistic-needs assessment and working together, we will prepare a personalised care plan to provide support and care tailored uniquely to you.
Our purpose-built treatment facilities were designed around effective delivery of our services and we pride ourselves on recognising that every patient has individual needs and unique treatment experiences.
Facilities available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East include:
1 medical proton therapy machine
1 medical linear accelerator
A Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) suite
1 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner for treatment planning
1 Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner for treatment planning
2 Anaesthetic recovery rooms
3 consulting rooms
To ensure all patients have a relaxing visit as possible, we provide free Wi-Fi access throughout the centre and fully-equipped waiting areas with refreshments available.
Referrals to the Rutherford
To receive treatment at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, we always advise patients to seek referral through their oncologist or consultant. If you would like further information about referrals to the Rutherford, please email email@example.com or give our team a call on 0800 210 0402.
Meet our dedicated consultants
We are proud to provide our patients with an exceptional level of service and care during their time at Rutherford Cancer Centre North East and each of our dedicated treatment centres. Our staff is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of highly-skilled registered professionals including medical and clinical oncologists, medical physicists and dosimetrists, nurses, a wide range of supportive care staff and therapy radiographers.
You can read more about Rutherford Cancer Centre North East’s consultants by following the link to our overview here.
Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 7FD
All of our registered centres undergo a registration inspection by the independent healthcare regulators of each country (Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, Care Quality Commission) to ensure that the quality and safety of services meet the required standards of care. In addition, ongoing inspections are undertaken and where these have taken place, full reports are made available on our website.
Newcastle: 14 miles
Edinburgh: 111 miles
Middlesbrough: 49 miles
London: 289 miles
The nearest postcode for satnav is NE22 7AD (which is different from our official postal code).
This will take visitors to Earth Balance, don’t turn into Earth Balance itself but continue a little further up the road and the centre is located at the next right.
The nearest train station is Newcastle (approximately 30 minutes’ drive away).
For those travelling by car, free car-parking is available on site.
A wide selection of hotels are located nearby.
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Get in Touch
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Currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2020, the Rutherford Cancer Centre North West will provide a hub for specialist cancer treatment including state-of-the-art imaging facilities, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, wellbeing and support services, in addition proton beam therapy which will also be available at the centre.
Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley opened in Reading in 2018 and is in the newly-built Thames Valley Science Park. The centre has proton therapy available for patients and is also open for those requiring radiotherapy, diagnostic imaging, chemotherapy and supportive cancer care.
Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales was the first Rutherford centre to open in the UK and the first UK Cancer Centre to offer high energy proton beam therapy. This centre offers patients state-of-the-art radiotherapy, imaging and chemotherapy using the latest in cancer treatment and diagnostic technology alongside our holistic supportive care.