Referral

Find out more about the referral process for treatment at the Rutherford Cancer Centres, for proton therapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and other systemic anti-cancer therapies

The Rutherford Cancer Centres are at the forefront of providing innovative cancer care. With our commitment to excellence, our mission is to provide an all-encompassing cancer service for patients, delivering world-class proton therapy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy treatment.

Our services are accessible to self-pay patients, private patients under medical insurance (subject to approval) and NHS patients (subject to approval), and will be delivered by our dedicated and skilled healthcare professionals and leading consultants in our state-of-the-art facilities.

The Rutherford Cancer Centres provide a range of oncology services, both planning and treatment, with radiotherapy (including proton therapy) for adults and children, systemic anti-cancer therapies (SACT) for adults only (which includes chemotherapy, immunotherapy, biological and hormone therapies) as well as supportive therapies tailored to patients’ clinical needs.

Proton Therapy

The Proteus®ONE in use at our centres is a compact system, it emphasises comfort and accessibility while delivering the most clinically advanced form of proton radiation therapy, and is the only compact solution that offers Pencil Beam Scanning, which minimises radiation exposure to healthy tissue:

  • Proton Therapy using Pencil Beam Scanning (PTPBS)

Radiotherapy

A wide range of treatment techniques will be used, including but not limited to:

  • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Volume-modulated Arc Therapy (V-MAT)
  • 3D Conformal Radiotherapy
  • Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH)

Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT)

Treatments are provided in a supportive environment and tailored to patients’ clinical needs:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Biological Therapy
  • Hormone Therapy

Supportive Therapies

Holistic needs assessments are provided to help identify any emotional, physical, practical, spiritual or financial concerns:

  • Counselling
  • Complementary Therapies

The following treatment techniques are NOT delivered:

  • Total Body Irradiation (TBI)
  • Total Skin Electron Treatment (TSE)
  • Brachytherapy

At the Rutherford Cancer Centres we pride ourselves on the standard of service and care we provide. Our staff consists of a multi-disciplinary team of highly trained registered professionals including clinical and medical oncologists, medical physicists and dosimetrists, therapy radiographers, nurses and a wide range of supporting staff.

Further information also be found in our Rutherford Cancer South Wales Patient Guide.

Indications we intend to treat with proton therapy

Wherever possible proton therapy patients are treated without the use of anaesthetics. The need for anaesthesia for some paediatric proton therapy patients is based on factors such as age, ability to lie still (with play therapy) or not, rather than diagnosis as such. Usually only very young children need anaesthetics.

A full list of current proton therapy indications for treatment at the Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales can be obtained from the MDT Coordinator (contact details below). 

Referral process

In order to secure treatment at the Rutherford Cancer Centres:

  1. Patients should always seek referral through their consultant or oncologist.
  2. Consultant or oncologist referrals should be made through the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) coordinator.
  3. The MDT Coordinator is available by phone or email to help with all queries regarding a referral.
  4. On receipt the referral will be prepared for assessment by the MDT and forwarded to the named Rutherford Cancer Centre consultant for treatment if accepted.
  5. The MDT Coordinator can be contacted via email at MDTsouthwales@therutherford.com or by telephone on 01633 740 005.

Patients will be subject to normal MDT assessments before referral to the Rutherford Cancer Centres and their treatment decided. However, in the case of proton therapy referrals, the Rutherford Cancer Centres operate a proton therapy MDT in each centre to provide extra assurance that proton therapy is the most appropriate treatment. The proton therapy MDT will provide weekly reviews of treatments and referrals.

For each referral into our various services, Clinical Pathways are produced and give referring consultants the means and confidence to enable patients to be referred to the Rutherford Cancer Centres and show how support and acute services with other providers will be accessed if required.

Below you will see a snapshot of a typical patient pathway, for a specific full version please contact the MDT Coordinator.

To get in touch with the Rutherford Cancer Centres please use our online contact form.

If you are a consultant and would like to speak with any of our consultants, then you can get in touch here.

*Please note that as of March 2018, treatments are available at the Rutherford Cancer Centre South Wales. Our other centres in Northumberland, Reading and Liverpool will open during 2018.