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"I would like to convey my thanks to the staff who work on the Newcastle Suite (Carol, Angela and Lucy to name but a few) for the excellent service I received.  They were helpful, supportive and very caring about the service I received and how I felt about my treatment".  Mr DB

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Northern Centre for Cancer Care


Contact: (0191) 213 8355 - Radiotherapy reception


The Radiotherapy Department at NCCC is the largest department of its type in the region receiving over 4,500 new patient referrals per year. The team provides a regional cancer centre service for the North East and treats patients with rare tumour types from other areas.


There has been substantial investment in new and replacement equipment to expand and improve our radiotherapy service. The service is equipped with the latest radiation technology including: 6 Siemens linacs, 2 Varian linacs, Tomotherapy, Superficial treatment unit and HDR brachytherapy. We utilise the most up to date imaging technology having dedicated MRI, CT and SPECT CT for planning along with CT, KV&MV Cone Beam, Fluoroscopy and ExacTrac imaging available for treatment delivery.


As a state-of-the-art department, we deliver a wide range of specialist and cutting-edge treatments that include paediatrics & adolescents, total body irradiation, brachytherapy, chemo-radiation and CHART treatment for lung cancer. We provide Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and have developed Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT).

A new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator has been installed which is able to deliver advanced radiotherapy including stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy.

Our multidisciplinary team of clinical oncologists, medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers are trained to the highest level and aim to provide a radiotherapy treatment that equals the best national and international standards.

 The department is also involved in a large number of national clinical trials working closely with the Sir Bobby Robson Research Unit.

What is Radiotherapy ?

Radiotherapy is the use of radiation to treat cancer and other diseases. It can be used as part of a cure or to alleviate symptoms. It works by damaging the genetic material within cancer cells and limiting their ability to reproduce.

When these damaged cancer cells die, the body naturally eliminates them. Normal cells are also affected by radiation, but they are able to repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot.

During external beam radiotherapy, multiple beams of radiation are directed through the skin to the cancer and the immediate surrounding area.

Treatments are typically given five days a week, Monday through to Friday. Courses of treatment can last from one day to several weeks. The radiation beam is generated by a machine called a linear accelerator. Radiotherapy is painless and takes minutes to deliver. Your appointment will usually last between 30minutes to an hour but your therapy radiographer will discuss your individual appointments with you.

Your doctor will explain why they have recommended radiotherapy for you.

How To Find Us

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The Radiotherapy department is located on Level 1 of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) based at the Freeman Hospital. To find us:

  • Come through the Main Entrance for NCCC and take the lift or stairs on your right hand side down to Level 1.
  • When you come out of the lift turn to your right and right again and walk straight ahead to the red reception desk.  

How to get to the hospital

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Refreshments can be purchased from the WRVS shop on level 1, or the coffee shop on level 2.

Although we try to minimise the time you are in the department there may be occasions where you are required to wait.  You will be informed of this by your therapy radiographer and any delays are displayed on the notice boards in the waiting area.

If you take medication frequently through the day please bring this with you to take as required.

If you have any special needs please contact the department.

Radiotherapy treatment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care

You can watch a video about the patient experience of radiotherapy at the NCCC

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