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Safe use of controlled doses of radiation to treat disease, especially cancer.  Usually given by pointing an X-ray machine at the part of the body to be treated, but can also be given by drinking liquid, having an injection or having a radioactive implant put into your body (brachytherapy).

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Childrens Services

Children and Adolescent Haematology and Oncology

At the Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Haematology and Oncology, located at the Great North Children's Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, we treat children and young people under the age of 21 who have cancer, leukaemia and other related diseases. 

Our department is one of the largest, most advanced in the UK, providing a comprehensive range of leading edge Oncology Services, tailored to the specific needs of each patient, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

We are the Regional Treatment Centre for all of the Northern region, from Teesside to Newcastle, and Northumberland to Cumbria.

Highly skilled team

We work closely with other highly skilled specialists from hospitals across the region, as well as our own, to deliver integrated, multi-disciplinary healthcare for our patients. As well as providing the most advanced, patient-centred clinical care, our team includes:

  • Hospital Play Specialists
  • the Hospital’s School 
  • psychology experts
  • physiotherapy experts
  • nutrition experts.

Modern facilities

Our modern facilities include:

We are also one of only two highly-specialised Units in the country, designated to perform bone marrow transplants in children.

Follow-up clinic

We hold a long-term follow-up clinic for those patients who completed treatment several years previously. Our unit is in the forefront of national work to improve the long-term follow-up care that is provided for young people who were treated for cancer and leukaemia in childhood.

Well-established research programmes helping to pioneer cancer treatments

We have close links with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University and play a vital role in the Children’s Cancer Research Group (CCRG), allowing us to continue to be at the forefront of cancer treatment for children. Our research also includes the development of guidelines and new approaches to ensure that children treated for cancer can have the best possible future health long after their treatment has finished.

Our internationally recognised Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing (POON) Team provides expert knowledge, coordination and personal support throughout your child’s care pathway, not only in hospital, but also in your home or other chosen place of care.


For more information on the service, please contact:

  • Sister Wendy Larmouth
  • Tel: 0191 282 6004
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