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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, targeted therapies 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:

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 Macmillan Holistic Needs Assessment and working together, we will prepare a personalised care plan to provide support and care tailored uniquely to you.

Proton beam therapy at the Rutherford

Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of external radiotherapy that uses high-energy proton beams instead of photon x-ray beams or electrons. The proton beam's ability to be targeted during treatment allows for harder to reach tumours to be treated, as well as tumours that are in sensitive locations such as near the spine, in the brain or affecting vital organs. Although this treatment method utilises high-energy protons to damage and kill cancer cells, the proton beam can be specifically targeted to a treatment area and made to 'stop' before affecting surrounding healthy tissue. At the Rutherford Cancer Centres, proton beam therapy is delivered using the latest technology.

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
  • Child-friendly area
  • Waiting area

At the Rutherford, we offer access to privately operated clinics which are open to all self-paying adults. These clinics are supported by leading consultant oncologists that already work with us, and can cover a range of general healthcare conditions within our consultant's specialist areas.

Rutherford Breast Clinic - North East

Our Triple Assessment Breast Clinic at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East provides fast-tracked diagnostic investigations and results. The one-stop clinic allows fast access for patients who have noticed recent changes in their breast such as a breast lump, nipple discharge or inversion, breast pain.  We ensure you get access to scans and treatment options, with a quick turnaround time as little as 48 hours.

To find out more, please visit the Rutherford Breast Clinic page.

Rutherford iron clinic - North East

The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East runs a weekly iron clinic, which is open to all adults experiencing difficulties in managing an iron deficiency. At the centre, you can have an initial consultation with our consultant haematologist, followed up by any needed tests and treatment.

To find out more, please visit the Rutherford Iron Clinic – North East page.

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 enquiries@therutherford.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.

To view our North East consultants that specialise in treating specific cancers with proton beam therapy, please click here. To view a full directory of our consultants, please visit our consultant overview page.

If you’d like to speak to our enquiries team about proton beam therapy, or any of our other treatments, please get in touch:

0800 210 0402
Rutherford Cancer Centre
North East
NE22 7FD
Centre Contact Number
01670 339650


The centre is located at:

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.

By Road
  • 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.

By Train

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

If you'd like to speak to us about any of the treatments we offer please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 0800 210 0402 or

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