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.
Immunotherapy is a biological therapy and type of targeted treatment that boosts the patient’s natural defence, the immune system, and enables it to find and destroy cancer cells found in the body. At Rutherford Cancer Centres, we use several different types of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer, in order to prevent cells growing and replicating or spreading around the body.
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.
We are here to make you feel as comfortable as possible when you visit one of our UK cancer centres. We understand that you may feel anxious about your first visit, so we have put together some information to help you.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 210 0402.
You can be referred to Rutherford Cancer Centres if your consultant oncologist has registered to work with us. Please see here for a list of the consultants who work with us. If you have any questions, please call us on 0800 210 0402.Further information on the referral process and a snapshot of the typical patient pathway can be found on our referral page.
When you first come to one of the centres, please bring your patient consent form, which your consultant will have completed with you. If you have health insurance, please make sure you also bring your insurance details. Some insurers will provide you with a letter confirming your insurance approval of referral for treatment.
The type of treatment you are having at Rutherford will determine the length of time you spend in the centre. Please feel free to bring some personal entertainment with you, such as a book, tablet or mp3 player. Free Wi-Fi is available at each Rutherford centre.
Please bring any medicines you may be taking along with a list of any repeat prescriptions from your GP. This includes vitamin supplements, herbal remedies or homoeopathic preparations. It is important to let your consultant/radiographer or a member of your treatment team at the centre know if you're planning to take any new medicines. The medicines that you're taking or planning to take could interfere with your treatment, which is why we need to check if they are still suitable for you.
You are welcome to bring along a friend, family member or carer with you. If you would like to bring children along (whom are not receiving treatment), please make sure another adult is also present, as children will not be able to be left unsupervised in our waiting areas.
You will meet several different members of staff when you visit. Our staff wear name badges, so you know who they are. If you're unsure of who you need to speak to, please speak to one of our reception team who will be happy to help you.
The centre is wheelchair accessible and we also have wheelchairs available for you to use. If you require a staff member to help you get into the centre, please ask at reception where we will be able to support you.
Radiotherapy and proton beam therapy are both delivered in private bunker rooms. You have the option to receive your immunotherapy or chemotherapy treatment in our main treatment room, or in one of the private side rooms connected to our main infusion suites.
We continually review our services to ensure we are meeting the needs and exceeding expectations of all our patients. If you'd like to provide feedback, please request a satisfaction survey and return this to your nearest centre.
The total cost of treatment is unique to the patient's individual needs, including the area affected and the length of treatment. There is no one-size-suits-all pricing bracket; instead, a personalised cancer treatment plan will be built for every patient that comes to Rutherford Cancer Centres.
Proton beam therapy utilises cutting-edge technology to target only the cancerous cells in the body, reducing the amount of radiation entering the surrounding healthy tissue. Patients experience reduced side effects when treated with proton beam therapy.
Currently, proton therapy is available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales and Rutherford Cancer Centre North East. Proton beam therapy will be coming to the Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley in late 2019.
Patients meeting the optimal criteria for treatment via proton therapy respond well to treatment. However, it is not possible to give a measured success rate as success can be defined in many ways depending on individual circumstances.
When patients come to Rutherford Cancer Centres for proton therapy, each treatment plan is tailored uniquely to the patient and delivered by our highly skilled team of therapy radiographers, physicists and dosimetrists. Proton beam therapy can be used as a sole method for treating certain cancers or used in combination with other cancer services, such as chemotherapy, or to ensure that any remaining cancerous cells are destroyed following tumour removal surgery.