The radiotherapy department opened in the Queen’s Centre in 2008 and serves a population of 1.2 million people from a catchment area that includes the whole of East Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. The department receives around 3000 patients referrals and we deliver 42,000 episodes of radiotherapy treatment every year.
We are a leading department in the UK, delivering world class radiotherapy cancer treatment on six modern state of the art treatment machines called “linear accelerators”. Our machines have advanced x-ray imaging capabilities that enable very accurate treatment delivery through precise targeting and verification of tumour position.
Did you know...?A new linear accelerator today costs in the region of £2.25 million and has a life expectancy in clinical service of ten years although they can if necessary be safely run longer. The last accelerator replacement in Hull was in 2012 and the oldest machine still in operational use is set to be replaced late 2014/15.
In 2002 we were a pioneering centre for IMRT (intensity modulated radiotherapy) which is an advanced treatment technique for delivering high dose therapeutic radiation directly to the tumour volume whilst sparing sensitive tissues and organs in close proximity.
We have kept pace with recent advances in IMRT technology implementing
RapidArc™ and SABR (stereotactic ablative radiotherapy) for small lung tumours, which tracks motion and only permits radiotherapy to be delivered at certain phases of the breathing cycle, further improving treatment accuracy.
In 2013 the government set a monthly target of 24% for increasing the utilisation of IMRT for radically planned radiotherapy across all radiotherapy centres in England and Wales. Here in Hull we have consistently achieved and exceeded this target.
We are committed to the highest standards of radiotherapy quality and care, delivering safe accurate treatment in a timely manner. The radiotherapy service is BS EN 9001:2008 accredited and to maintain the accreditation our performance is monitored against an established quality system that is audited by the British Standards Institute (BSI) every six months with re-certification every three years.
As a teaching centre the radiotherapy and radiation physics departments have close affiliations with Sheffield Hallam and Hull Universities.
- Clare Hutton
- Ian Petty
Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 6.00pm.