About this service

Cancer

Colchester Hospital

How to get here

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Clinics

Location

Clinics and treatments are carried out at several locations in the hospital:

  • Main Outpatients Department
  • The Mary Barron Unit
  • The Haematology Day Unit
  • The Breast unit in Gainsborough Wing
  • Constable Unit
  • The Radiotherapy Department
  • Mobile Chemotherapy Unit

 

Staying in hospital

Ward information

West Bergholt Ward

Ipswich Hospital

Clinics

Location

Clinics and treatments are carried out in the Woolverstone Wing, entrance 15.

Staying in hospital

Ward information

Patients are cared for on Somersham Ward

In the community

Weekly clinics are held in:

  • Stowmarket
  • Hadleigh

The mobile chemotherapy unit operates from Tuesday to Friday and spends one day each in:

  • Halstead
  • Tiptree
  • Stanway
  • Clacton

 

Aldeburgh Hospital

Clinics are held here twice a week.

How to get here

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Felixstowe Hospital

Weekly clinics are held here.

How to get here

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Our service

We treat patients who have a diagnosis of cancer.

Depending on the type of cancer you have, there might be more than one way to treat you.

Your treatment options will be discussed by a number of healthcare professionals together at a multi-disciplinary meeting (MDT). All the healthcare professionals at the MDT specialise in your particular cancer – these professionals include oncologists (specialists in cancer), surgeons, consultants, radiologists, histopathologists (health scientists who look at and test your cancer in a laboratory), and nurse specialists.

You will be supported through your journey by a nurse specialist with great experience and knowledge of your cancer type.

Treatments

Treatments include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy

Surgery is carried out by the consultant and their team who specialise in that part of the body – for example the breast surgery team. You can see more information about those specialists by looking for that page in our A-Z of services.

Some patients receive chemotherapy, others receive radiotherapy and some may receive both. Your oncologist will talk you through the various options. Once the treatment option is decided, you will be referred to the chemotherapy unit and/or radiotherapy department.

You will then be contacted to arrange for you to come in for various tests and scans before you begin treatment. Our aim is that you should start your treatment within 31 days of the referral being made to the chemotherapy unit or radiotherapy departments  We always aim to get you treated as soon as it is safe to do so.

You may hear us use terms such as oncology, haematology, tumour, malignancy, curative, palliative, radical, metastases, cycle, MDT, trial, brachytherapy etc. If there are any terms used that you do not understand, please do not hesitate to ask.

 For further information regarding specific cancers please use the Macmillan website

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