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About us

One of the driving forces behind the development of the Oxford Cancer and Haematology Centre was the need to replace the outdated buildings that housed the Department of Clinical Oncology, Radiotherapy and Medical Physics for nearly 60 years.

The Non-surgical Oncology Department of the Oxford University Hospitals (predominantly radiotherapy and chemotherapy) is now housed with Clinical Haematology under one roof. This is more convenient for patients, and means that expert teams of medical staff and specialist nurses can work more closely together providing joint review of patients.

Clinical Oncology, Radiotherapy and Medical Physics

The Radiotherapy Department is equipped with specialised planning and treatment facilities to enable the delivery of state-of-the-art therapy. The therapy radiography staff work together with consultant clinicians and nurse practitioners to ensure optimal treatment and care is delivered to all patients. The Radiotherapy Department is supported by medical physicists and technologists.

The Clinical Oncology Team also provides chemotherapy treatments as well as radiotherapy. Clinical oncologists visit neighbouring district general hospitals to provide a chemotherapy service for patients nearer to home.

Medical Oncology

The Medical Oncology team provides chemotherapy and other drug treatments for patients. The consultant team has strong links with the University of Oxford and Cancer Research UK, and is a base for world-leading research in the field, so that patients have rapid access to a wide range of new treatments.


The Day Treatment Unit is for patients undergoing chemotherapy and other procedures with the Oncology and Haematology services. It is next to the Outpatient Department.

The Unit is now providing an extended service, enabling a larger group of patients to be treated in the day treatment setting rather than being admitted overnight.

The team works closely with the Vascular Access Service, who place peripherally inserted central catheters, and home care teams, who organise treatment to be delivered to, or given in, the patient's home; the team is also supported by specialist pharmacists.

Oxford Triage Service

The Triage Assessment Team is a specialist nursing team, skilled and competent in haematology and oncology triage for patients receiving treatment. This ensures appropriate and consistent advice is given, allowing for the early recognition of potential emergencies, treatment complications and the provision of a follow-up structure for high risk patient groups. This has had a positive impact on the efficiency of emergency care within cancer services with improved support to patients.

Acute Oncology Team

The Acute Oncology Team offers support and clinical review to patients with an acute oncology problem admitted to an acute ward in the John Radcliffe Hospital or Horton General Hospital. They advise medical and nursing teams in the management of these patients, and liaise closely with other cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and the Palliative Care team.

The service is covered by acute oncology consultants, providing twice-weekly oncology ward rounds, and Monday to Friday cover from a nurse practitioner.

Find us and contact us

University of Oxford / Cancer Research UK Department of Medical Oncology

Tel: 01865 235185