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 now available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North West in Liverpool.
Our Breast Clinics at the Rutherford Cancer Centres offer you a fast-tracked diagnostic investigations and results. If you’re concerned about your breast health, make an appointment at one of our breast clinics today.
Our one-stop breast clinics allow fast access for patients who have noticed recent changes in their breast such as a breast lump, nipple discharge (or inversion) or breast pain.
Our clinics provide quality and rapid breast care services, supported by our specialist consultants, and dedicated clinical teams. We ensure you get access to scans and treatment options with a quick turnaround time. By attending one of our Breast Screening Clinics, you'll have direct access to a dedicated oncology treatment pathway; this can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and proton beam therapy.
Why have a Triple Assessment at a Rutherford Breast Clinic?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, it mainly affects women, but it can also occur in men. It’s important to get a diagnosis early along with timely treatment, to successfully treat breast cancer and improve survival rates.
Our Triple Assessment Service is a rapid and complete breast clinic service, all undertaken in-house at the Rutherford Cancer Centres with all tests and scans carried out in one single visit, so you can spend less time worrying waiting for your results and receive timely support. This clinic is supported by our consultants and clinical teams that specialise in breast care and breast cancer treatments, meaning you'll have access to a seamless oncology pathway should you need it.
On your first visit, you will be welcomed to our centre and have a consultation with our breast specialist. During your consultation, you will be able to ask questions, discuss initial symptoms and have the necessary scans and tests on the same day. Below is what you can expect when you attend one of our breast clinics.
Step 1 - Getting to know you
You will be seen initially by a Consultant Breast Surgeon in the presence of a Clinical Nurse Specialist to discuss your clinical history. This includes questions about your family medical history and any current medicines you are taking.
Step 2 - Examination and scanning
Clinical Breast Examination - The breast surgeon will undertake a clinical breast examination of both breasts.
Breast ultrasound and/or Mammography - An image of the inside of your breast may be needed for further investigation, this is called imaging.
Needle Biopsy if a lump is found - A biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a tissue sample from the breast for further testing. Sometimes this is needed to help make a diagnosis. The procedure is quick, and a local anaesthetic isn't often needed.
Step 3 - Results and next steps
You will get a rapid diagnosis following your appointment which can take up to 48 hours.
For most people, a breast assessment will show normal breast changes or a benign breast condition. Benign breast conditions are common and there are many different types. In this case, the consultant will explain what it is and whether you need any treatment or follow-up.
Find a breast clinic at the Rutherford
You can book an appointment at one of our breast clinics and be seen within 48 hours. Our breast clinics are located at our centres in Northumberland (North East) and Liverpool (North West). Please select a clinic below to find out more information and to book an appointment.