Why choose us?
Southampton's Radiotherapy department is one of the largest radiotherapy treatment centres in the south of England and is one of only 60 dedicated radiotherapy centres in the UK.
Part of the Southampton Oncology Centre, it treats patients from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.
Patients are also referred from much further afield for the treatment in the department's specialist fields – paediatrics, neuro-oncology and bone marrow transplants.
The unit, purpose-built for radiotherapy treatment, has some of the most advanced radiotherapy equipment in the UK.
Its state-of-the-art equipment includes a linear accelerator that gives 3D imaging to locate the tumour and target treatment much more accurately. It allows the radiation dose to be increased because radiographers know it will be more accurately targeted at the diseased area.
The Radiotherapy team are also renowned for their excellent patient care. People attending for radiotherapy are often anxious and worried – so the team do their best to put patients at ease.
Staff run regular open evenings for patients and their families, giving them an opportunity to look round the department, meet staff, ask questions and enjoy an informal chat and cup of tea before the treatment journey begins.
The unit is well supported by the Wessex Cancer Trust and the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, within Southampton General Hospital. Patients from the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands are also offered accommodation at the city's Jurys Inn hotel.
Southampton's large team of clinical oncologists contains considerable expertise. The 11 consultants all have specialties or sub-specialties, which gives the unit a vast amount of knowledge and experience to draw on in treating patients.
The Radiotherapy unit is also involved in national and international research trials, through its close links with Southampton University – again building up the department's expertise and national reputation.