News tagged Cancer

First patients undergo new type of radiotherapy – radium 223

Posted on in Hospitals, Services

A new type of radiation therapy, which has been hailed as an “important step forward” in treating prostate cancer patients, has been made available for the first time at The James Cook University Hospital.

Radioactive radium 223 is used to treat prostate cancer which has spread to the bones and specifically targets tumours with less pain and fewer side effects.

Cutting-edge cancer service’s 200th patient

Posted on in Hospitals, Services, The trust

The state-of-the-art cancer treatment, stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) in use for cancer patients at The James Cook University Hospital has reached a milestone. The department was one of the first in the UK to develop a SABR service back in 2009 and is one on the leading radiotherapy centres in UK, offering some of the most advanced treatment to patients in the region. The current cohort of patients being treated includes the 200th.

Trinity Holistic Centre volunteer recruitment events

Posted on in Services, Support groups

The Trinity Holistic Centre is holding two information days to encourage more volunteers to join its highly valued team. As a charitable service the centre relies heavily on its volunteers and following significant expansion it is looking to recruit to a number of roles covering The James Cook University Hospital, Redcar Primary Care Hospital and Friarage Hospital sites.

Hospital first in UK to use Catalyst technology in the radiotherapy treatment of breast cancer patients

Posted on in Services

The James Cook University Hospital’s radiotherapy department has become the first in the country to use Catalyst technology to improve further the accuracy of radiotherapy delivered to breast cancer patients. Patient movement can sometimes occur during treatment affecting the precision of radiotherapy delivered. This innovative system is used for positioning and monitoring movement of patients before and during radiotherapy, to provide a new level of treatment quality and safety.

Cancer teams first to scoop five quality awards

Posted on in Awards

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS trust in the country to receive five Macmillan quality awards. The trust’s purpose-built radiotherapy centre, The Endeavour Unit, is the latest service to receive the prestigious Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM).

Volunteers needed for centre

Posted on in Support groups

The Macmillan cancer information and support centre at The James Cook University Hospital is appealing for volunteers. Up to 20 new volunteers are needed to take on a number of roles including meeting and greeting centre users, providing advice, information and signposting to other local services, admin duties, supporting patients, carers and staff in clinical areas and offering a listening ear to anyone who needs it.

In the pink for love of Tina

Posted on in Fundraising

Grateful patient Tina Reid has organised a sponsored walk to thank the dedicated staff on ward 14 for the amazing care and support she has received. Brave Tina, 52, from Stockton has ovarian cancer and she has been cared for on the ward at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.