The Northern Centre for Cancer Care North Cumbria provides non-surgical cancer services to the local population on the site of the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
It brings huge benefits to people who need to access our services in north Cumbria as the majority of adult patients will now receive care closer to home in state-of-the-art facilities.
Around 2,000 patients are already set to receive treatment or follow-up care with approximately 1,200 new referrals each year. Our team also expect to deliver approximately 11,500 radiotherapy treatments and 8,000 chemotherapy treatments, as well as 4,000 supportive therapy treatments, a year.
We have worked closely with North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) to provide one of the biggest combined cancer treatment services in the country.
For the first time all non-surgical cancer services are under the same roof, which means patients no longer have to travel to different parts of Cumberland Infirmary for treatment.
The new service includes
- a chemotherapy day unit with 15 treatment chairs and three single treatment rooms
- two linear accelerator (LINAC) radiotherapy machines
- a CT scanner suite
- consultation, examination rooms and a small café area
- multipurpose rooms for complementary therapies and patient support
Only patients with rare cancers, those requiring very specialist radiotherapy and children and young people with cancer will continue to be referred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.