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Radiotherapy

Worcestershire Oncology Centre

Worcestershire’s radiotherapy department is based in the £23million 
Worcestershire Oncology Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The state-of-the-art centre opened in January 2015, offering radiotherapy treatment for Worcestershire patients in county for the first time. 

This will save our patients - who previously had to travel to Cheltenham, Wolverhampton or Coventry for treatment - an estimated one million miles of travel a year. Worcestershire Oncology Centre offers a range of radiotherapy services and is able to treat 95 per cent of patients requiring radiotherapy treatment (with some very specialist treatment still being provided elsewhere).

The centre currently has three linear accelerators (the machines which deliver the treatment), but has space for five to ensure that the centre can cater for growing demand in the future.

Our radiotherapy service employs a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled clinical oncologists, medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers to ensure our patient’s receive the highest possible care.

What is radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy is the use of high energy x-rays to treat cancer. It damages your body's cells within the treatment area, killing the cancer cells but allowing your normal cells to recover.The side-effects are usually confined to the area you are having treated. 

Radiotherapy is painless. You won’t feel anything. It is exactly the same as having an x-ray or a scan.