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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cancer Services

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Diagnostic services

The accurate and speedy diagnosis of cancer is essential for successful treatment. Once cancer has been diagnosed it is equally important to cary out investigations as quickly as possible, so that treatment may begin without delay.

The Oxford Cancer and Haematology Centre provides the whole range of diagnostic facilities.

  • CT scans
  • MRI scans
  • PET scans
  • Ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Radiology
  • Mammography.

Specialists trained in these techniques ensure that patients get the most appropriate diagnosis.

The Oxford Cancer Centre is the base for the NHS Breast Screening Programme in Oxfordshire.

Clinical teams provide screening in the community as well as in the Centre and currently see around 25,000 women each year. The service is soon to be expanded to include women aged between 47 to 73.

  • Breast Imaging Centre: 01865 235621

Image-guided intervention

The Oxford Cancer Centre includes new facilities to meet the developing needs for image-guided intervention. These include four fluoroscopy rooms and a day-case unit, as well as interventional ultrasound and CT suites. Procedures offered include embolisations, ablations, biopsies, drainages and stent placements, which together constitute a complete range of modern minimally-invasive image-guided interventions.

Radiology Department

X-rays, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans

  • General radiology: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • Outpatients: open until 5.00pm

Laboratory medicine

Laboratory medicine plays a vital part in the diagnosis and management of all types of cancer. Specialists in cellular pathology are responsible for examining tissue samples and are supported by integrated molecular diagnostics in establishing the precise diagnosis and prognosis of cancer. Molecular strategies are also employed to monito response to treatment and to predict early relapse. Analysis of blood samples in the haematology and biochemistry laboratories is essential to ensure that patients are carefully assessed and monitored during cancer treatment. The microbiology laboratory ensures that infections complicating cancer treatment are detected and treated at the earliest opportunity.

Our specialist cellular pathologists are key members of the multidisciplinary team. Their role is to diagnose the exact type of cancer and identify features that determine the best course of treatment. They also provide expert support to pathologists in neighbouring hospitals.

Some clinics include pathologists specialising in diagnostic cytology, a technique that allows cancer to be confirmed, or more often excluded, in patients who are worried about a lump, without the need to return or results at a second hospital visit.

Cancer and Haematology Outpatients Day Treatment Unit / Centre

  • Blood tests: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Signposted from new main entrance (Surgery and Diagnostics) and League of Friends cafe in main building.

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