Service Developments

We are proud to offer some of the most advanced cancer treatments in Europe.

But we are continuously working on new developments, pathways and techniques to keep us at the leading edge of cancer care and ensure our patients receive the very best care and support throughout every step of their journey.

Find out more about our latest developments below:
Endeavour unit radiotherapy machine

  • A new state-of-the-art radiotherapy treatment for cancer patients has been introduced called stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR). SABR uses the latest developments in radiotherapy technology from Elekta to deliver very high doses of radiation to tumours in the chest with millimetre precision. By maximising the dose to the tumour, the risk of damaging surrounding normal tissues in minimised, increasing cure rates for patients as well as reducing side effects. Treatment times for some patients undergoing radiotherapy have also been reduced by up to a fifth.
  • Lung cancer patients can now have their tumours removed using keyhole surgery. The specialist procedure, known as a VATS (video-assisted thoracic surgery) lobectomy, is much less invasive than traditional surgery so it can be offered to elderly patients who may previously have been deemed not fit enough for surgery.

VATS lobectomy teams from Middlesbrough and Edinburgh

  • The Trinity Holistic Centre has expanded its services – the centre has traditionally supported people under the care of specialist cancer consultants (oncologists). Now anyone with cancer who is under the care of any consultant at the trust can use the centre. The centre has also expanded to include a bedside service for inpatients along with a number of wellbeing projects designed to support patients and carers.
  • The integration of cancer care project takes a close look at existing services and how patients move through the healthcare system, covering everything from diagnosis to recovery support and end of life care. Funded by Macmillan, the project involves working closely with primary care, community health services, social services and the third sector as well as patients and their carers. Recommendations will be made to help transform services with an emphasis placed on improving patient experience, patient information, communication between services, staff training, standardisation of care and providing care closer to home.