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 Sanjay Raj’s special interest is the treatment of breast cancer with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological and endocrine treatments. He also has an interest in new radiotherapy techniques including IMRT and image guided radiotherapy.
Dr Raj qualified in 1998 at UCL, Royal Free Hospital. He completed his specialist Oncology Training at Adddenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge and was awarded his FRCR in 2007. Dr Raj has been a Consultant Oncologist in the Wessex region since 2009. He is a principal investigator on over ten National Cancer Research Institute trials, including the IMPORT HIGH trial, TARGIT and FAST-Forward. He is also principal investigator of trials studying systemic and biological agents, including the PARTNER, ARTemis and SafeHER studies. Dr Raj is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust in addition to a consultant at Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley.
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Dr Sanjay Raj does not hold a share or financial interest in the Rutherford Cancer Centres or another Rutherford Health plc company.
Dr Sanjay Raj l does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at the Rutherford Cancer Centres or another Rutherford Health plc company.
Dr Sanjay Raj 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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