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Cancer Information and Support in County Durham and Darlington

Cancer Services in County Durham and Darlington

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) provides health care services to a population of 600,000 people.

The Cancer Service Department is made up of a multidisciplinary team (called an MDT for short) including doctors, nurses and other health professionals who specialise in particular types of cancer.  They work together to discuss and review each person's diagnosis and plan potential treatment/s, involving the patient at every stage of their pathway.  Our teams work in partnership with neighbouring hospital Trusts, including James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, to ensure our patients have access to the most up to date and effective diagnostics, technology, treatment and care.

Our skilled and experienced MDT teams offer the highest standards of treatment, care and support for the following cancers:

  • Breast
  • Gynaecological
  • Haematological (blood)
  • Head and Neck
  • Lung
  • Skin
  • Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal (oesophagus, stomach and bowel)

Support for people affected by cancer is also available through our Palliative Care Team, which provides both hospital and community based services for people with serious illnesses.  The team aims to improve quality of life and offers practical, emotional, social and supportive care for patients, their families and carers.

Our three hospital-based Macmillan Information Centres provide high quality information and support for anyone affected by cancer.  They can also refer or signpost people for specialist support such as benefits advice, or put them in touch with local voluntary organisations that may be able to help.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital