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Radiotherapy department

The radiotherapy department sees over 200 patients a day. We are a specialist referral centre for many of the rarer cancers. This means that, as well as our local patients, we see people from across the region and the UK

You are most likely to have your radiotherapy treatment as an outpatient. Occasionally it may be necessary to admit patients for treatment. We are set up to treat inpatients where this is necessary. Radiotherapy may be given in isolation. It may also be given alongside other treatments like chemotherapy and/or surgery.

We have a very well equipped suite, inline with our specialist status. We have:

  • two CT scanners used for planning the treatment
  • eight linear accelerators – two of which are Tomotherapy units – state-of-the-art machines which deliver highly accurate radiotherapy
  • an inpatient and outpatient brachytherapy unit (brachytherapy is a form of radiotherapy where a radiation source is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment)
  • image guided radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)

As a specialist centre we have been able to invest in state-of-the-art equipment. We have two tomotherapy machines installed in 2010, making us the first hospital in the UK to offer this high accuracy treatment.