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Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy is one of the main weapons in the fight against cancer. It is a drug treatment that can be used in conjunction with surgery, with radiotherapy or on its own.
There are over 50 different types of chemotherapy drugs and they work by preventing cancerous cells from dividing and reproducing. The drugs are delivered by injection, by intravenous drip or by taking tablets orally.

Chemotherapy destroys cells and tissue with the idea being that healthy cells can repair the damage caused, whilst cancer cells cannot. 

Currently the hospital has two different chemotherapy treatment facilities. Patients on clinical trials are treated in the Cancer Clinical Trials Centre, which is a separate building housed away from the main hospital.

Most patients, around 50 people per day, are treated in the hospital’s Day Case Service Unit, which opened in 2007 following a successful fundraising appeal by the Cancer Charity.

Patients attend the Day Case Unit and they receive the treatment in comfortable chairs, called chemotherapy chairs, which have intravenous drips beside them to deliver the chemotherapy drugs. 

The length of time patients spend receiving their treatment can vary from half an hour to twelve hours at a time, and the demand for chemotherapy treatment is so high that the existing facilities lack the capacity to cope with it.

Our current Day Case Unit is already running at maximum capacity - the new suite wil provide extra space and better facilities.

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