If you need treatment for cancer, our specialist nursing team and support staff will take care of you and support you through your treatment.
Most patients receive their chemotherapy as outpatients, visiting the hospital on the day of their treatment.
Your length of stay will depend on tests, assessments, chemotherapy preparation and the treatment you need. If you are a day patient you are likely to be in the chemotherapy department between four to six hours, sometimes longer if the treatment you are receiving is complex.
You may be given chemotherapy treatment:
- before an operation, so your surgeon has a better chance of removing the cancer
- after an operation, to prevent the cancer coming back again in the future
- to control the cancer
Before you are given chemotherapy, you will usually have a blood test and see a consultant oncologist. They will talk to you about your treatment and how chemotherapy can help you, and tell you about the possible side effects.
Whenever I have been worried, you have always reassured me and it makes everything a whole lot better.
Our chemotherapy nurse specialists will also go through the treatment with you at a separate consultation before you start any treatment. They are here to answer any questions you or your family may have. They will also provide you with information about where you can receive financial and emotional support through this time.
Acute oncology service
Our specialist oncology nurses will make sure you get the highest quality of care if you have cancer and are brought into hospital for any other reasons or if you have developed severe side effects following chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy day unit
Our clinics are run Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm
University Hospital of North Tees
University Hospital of Hartlepool