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.
We accept referrals to Rutherford Cancer Centres through healthcare professionals, oncologists and medical insurance providers. We can also accept patient self-referrals if a cancer diagnosis has been confirmed. If you have any questions, please call us on 0800 210 0402. Further information on the referral process and a snapshot of a 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, spouse or carer with you for support. 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.
Complimentary refreshments including tea and coffee, soft drinks and snacks are available at each of the centres. However, if you have been advised to eat a healthy meal before treatment, please make sure you have eaten before your arrival.
All our centres are 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. If you need to go onto an upper floor level, you can use our elevators for easy access.