Cancer Services in County Durham and
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT)
provides health care services to a population of 600,000
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
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
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.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community