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UK's only network of proton beam therapy centres

We are the only UK network of cancer centres to offer proton beam therapy, alongside conventional radiotherapy, MR-linac radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, supportive care services and diagnostic imaging services. We understand that everyone is different, which is why we deliver personalised cancer care and support, to help you get back to your normal daily life as soon as possible. Our cancer treatment pathways are carefully designed around your individual needs.

What is proton beam therapy?

Proton beam therapy is an advanced form of external radiotherapy that uses high-energy protons instead of photon x-rays or electrons. This treatment can better target harder to reach tumours in sensitive locations or near vital organs in the body and ensures the best possible outcomes, with minimal side effects. Find out more by watching our proton beam therapy video.

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Cancer care and support at the Rutherford

We understand that cancer affects so much more than your physical health. We are here to support you at every step of your cancer journey, with a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, delivered in a supportive environment. Our clinical teams work alongside leading consultant oncologists across our network of centres, with many trained in the delivery of proton beam therapy. No matter where you are in your treatment plan, you will have access to innovative treatments and our dedicated treatment and support team, that will ensure you always receive high-quality care. 

What is proton beam therapy?

Proton beam therapy is highly accurate in targeting a treatment area. It can be used to treat hard-to-reach tumours, while lowering radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and vital organs.

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A clinical overview of proton beam therapy

Professor Roger Taylor, a consultant oncologist at Rutherford Cancer Centres, gives an insight into how proton beam therapy works.

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Timon's story

Timon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2017, following a full private medical check with his insurance provider. Test results from his check-up showed a raised PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) level and a biopsy confirmed that it was cancer. Timon was shocked at the diagnosis as he felt fit and healthy.

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We're here - right where you need us

At the Rutherford Cancer Centres, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can turn your life upside down. From the moment you are diagnosed through to treatment and recovery, we support you on your cancer journey every step of the way.

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Why go private at the Rutherford Cancer Centres?

We offer rapid consultations and deliver personalised cancer treatment in our state-of-the-art cancer centres, to enable you to get back to your daily life as soon as possible.

We are the only private healthcare provider to offer proton beam therapy here in the UK and are registered with many of the leading healthcare insurance providers including Bupa, Aviva, Axa, and Vitality. Please contact us to find out more about the insurers we work with.

Proton beam therapy

We are the UK’s only network of proton beam therapy centres and we're committed to offering you the latest cancer treatments available.

Rapid patient response

We offer rapid consultations and the latest cancer treatment options, to enable you to get back to your normal daily life as soon as possible.

Highest care standards

We support you on your cancer journey every step of the way, from your diagnosis and referral through to post-treatment and recovery.

We’re here for everyone

The Rutherford Cancer Centres welcome patients from the UK and internationally. Treatments and services are available to self-paying and privately insured patients, and patients from the NHS (where framework agreements apply). Our clinical teams utilise the most up-to-date and leading technologies to deliver treatment plans that aim to provide the best outcome for your individual needs.

We also offer a rapid diagnostic imaging service at each centre, which patients can access to identify a range of medical conditions, not just cancer. Treatments and services at the Rutherford are planned and delivered in line with the requirements of healthcare regulators, professional bodies and national and international best practice. This means that we have policies and processes in place to ensure the quality and safety of services.

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All the staff were fabulous. First class treatment and care was given on each visit.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre North East

October 15, 2020

One of the best facilities I’ve ever seen. Staff are lovely and really helpful.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre North East

June 1, 2019

Thank you for looking after me so well. You are all brilliant.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley

February 1, 2019

Staff were very approachable, nothing was to much trouble.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

June 2, 2020

All the staff took great care of me, made me feel welcome and all were friendly and polite. I will never have any doubts that I made the right choice coming here for treatment.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

May 1, 2020

A clean, quiet, peaceful environment with individual rooms for privacy (and security during the pandemic). Welcoming, friendly, professional nurses. Flexible timings of appointments.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre North East

July 1, 2020

The pleasant welcome and attitude of all the staff made the treatment sessions more relaxed and less stressful. All staff were prepared to give you time, answer questions, give help and never gave the impression of get in and get out.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

August 1, 2020

The whole treatment was completed by very caring and polite and caring staff who did everything to ensure my comfort and care. The premises were immaculate in cleanliness.

Patient Satisfaction Survey - Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales

August 2, 2020

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