Oncology

Welcome to the award-winning department of oncology here at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We are a large regional centre providing specialised treatment services for patients with cancer diagnoses – each year we provide around 40,000 radiotherapy treatments, 10,000 chemotherapy treatments, hold around 50,000 outpatient appointments from a range of locations, and provide care for over 1,000 inpatients on our dedicated cancer care ward.

The department is a teaching unit providing education and training for medical students and radiographers from several of our academic partner organisations.

Department of oncology video

Oncology is the field of medicine concerned with cancer and tumours. Our role is to ensure that patients with cancer diagnoses referred to us are provided with the highest quality treatment and care. We provide care for the local region with our services led by highly skilled and experienced specialists, and underpinned by a dedicated team of professionals.

The department is home to several award-winning teams and we have a national and international reputation as an innovative leading centre with many of our treatments at the very cutting edge of technology. Patients will normally be referred to one of our oncologists following previous diagnosis and discussion by a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of professionals from across the cancer services team to decide on the best course of action for treatment.

Cutting-edge technology

Radiotherapy Endeavour UnitIn recent years the department has undergone a £35m development to provide a standalone radiotherapy centre – The Endeavour Unit – enabling patients access to state of the art technology and techniques such as Tomotherapy and Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR).

The department was one of the first in the UK to develop a SABR service and won the HSJ Efficiency Award in 2013 for the pioneering work involved. We similarly pride ourselves in our technological approach and in 2014 we became the first in the UK to employ Catalyst positioning technology which ensures that patients for certain tumours receive the some of the most effective and accurate treatment currently available.

Similarly our bespoke chemotherapy day unit has been redeveloped and upgraded to provide more comfortable and modern surroundings for patients in providing a full range of chemotherapy treatments through intravenous (IV), oral and sub-cutaneous (injection) delivery.

From our base at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough we provide specialised treatments in radiotherapy and chemotherapy, along with several other cancer treatments such as brachytherapy, electron beam therapy and superficial radiotherapy.  We also run our outpatient service from here, have our own dedicated inpatient ward (14), and provide an acute oncology service which cares for acutely ill and emergency patients.

Care throughout the region

We also provide services throughout the region closer to the homes of our patients – we run outpatient clinics from hospital venues in Hartlepool, North Tees, Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Whitby and Northallerton. The department also provides chemotherapy treatment at the Friarage in Northallerton, and at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

We work very much in conjunction and partnership with the Trinity Holistic Centre which is situated just across the road from both our main departments, and The Endeavour Unit. Click here to read more about the services provided by the Trinity Holistic Centre and how you can access them.