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Cancer Services

Updated 10 August 2017

At least one in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. Although cancer is often referred to as a single condition, it actually consists of more than 200 different cancer diseases.

We provide radiotherapy and oncology (cancer) services to a population of about 670,000 people across north and mid-Essex.

Our aim is to provide the best possible standards of cancer treatment, care and support for patients and carers by pursuing a policy of continuous improvement and research.

A full range of services is offered by the cancer service, which involves a number of Trust departments, including surgery, medicine, diagnostics (such as Radiology) and the specialised cancer services.

Information about bowel cancer screening and breast screening.

The non-surgical cancer service is now situated at Colchester General Hospital. Day attendees for radiotherapy are treated in the Radiotherapy Department and chemotherapy is offered in the Mary Barron suite, which moved to Colchester General Hospital in October 2013. All treatments are delivered by highly skilled medical and nursing staff and are supported by a range of other services.

Our new £25m state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre replaced the radiotherapy centre at Essex County Hospital in 2014.

Help for people affected by cancer is available here.

To find out more about this patient service you can contact PALS.