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.
Radiotherapy is used to kill and destroy cancer cells. It utilises radiation in the form of high-energy x-rays, known as photons, to kill and damage the cancerous cells and prevent their growth and reproduction. It can be used as a non-surgical option to treat cancer, and it can also be used to shrink a tumour or in combination with other treatments.
The Rutherford Cancer Centres and Elekta are bringing the next generation of personalised adaptive radiotherapy technology to oncology centres across the UK, with the new MR-linac Elekta Unity available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North West in Liverpool from late 2020.
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. Please see below for clinics that are currently open for consultations:
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.
The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East runs a weekly iron clinic, which is open to all adults experiencing difficulties in managing an iron deficiency. Our regular clinic is supported by a consultant haematologist whose NHS practice is at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. At the North East centre, you can have an initial consultation, followed up by any required tests and treatment.