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.
Dr Ashraf Azzabi graduated in 1992 and joined the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in 1997 as a registrar in medical oncology and completed a research degree in early drug development at Newcastle University. He treats testicular, urological and colorectal cancers in Newcastle, Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Dr Ashraf Azzabi is actively involved, as a principal investigator, in a number of national and international clinical trials both in urological and colorectal cancers. He chaired the systemic therapies group at the cancer centre, the north east of England colorectal cancer tumour specific group. He also currently leads the late phase cancer research team at the northern centre for cancer care and has a role as the NIHR cancer research lead for the Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHS foundation Trust and, holds a role as the regional clinical lead for cancer research at the NIHR North east and North Cumbria research network.
Northern Cancer Alliance Expert Advisory Groups
National Institute for Health Research North East and North Cumbria (NIHR NENC)
Dr Ashraf Azzabi does not hold a share or financial interest in the Rutherford Cancer Centres or another Rutherford Health plc company.
Dr Ashraf Azzabi does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at the Rutherford Cancer Centres or another Rutherford Health plc company.
Dr Ashraf Azzabi does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at the Rutherford Cancer Centres or on behalf of Rutherford Cancer Centres or Rutherford Health plc.
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