Welcome to Cancer Services

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides comprehensive services for patients with common cancers. Patients with cancer are usually referred to a multidisciplinary team (MDT) for diagnosis and treatment. The aim of the team is to provide the highest quality, individualised care to all patients.

Specialists at Bradford Teaching Hospitals treat cancers such as breast, lung, colorectal (bowel), upper gastrointestinal (digestive system), gynaecology (female reproductive organs), urology, and cancer of the unknown primary. Patients with rarer cancers are often seen at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.

Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team which includes doctors, nurses, dietitians and psychologists. Radiotherapy treatments are provided by visiting doctors from St James’s University Hospital in Leeds.

Advice, support, and information is provided to families, carers and other healthcare professionals.

24-hour telephone line

A 24-hour telephone line is available for patients who are feeling unwell following treatment and require advice or support. Please call us on 07970 343305 as soon as possible if you need to speak with us.

Advice on coronavirus for patients with cancer

We understand that people with cancer and their families might feel especially worried about coronavirus. Cancer treatment can weaken immune systems and people with cancer are among those at higher risk of complications, as some treatments can lower the body’s ability to fight infection.

The GOV.UK and NHS websites have the latest information on what to do to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus. It is important to visit the sites regularly, as the information they feature is constantly evolving.

If you have any concerns during and after receiving chemotherapy treatment, please contact the Acute Oncology team. If you are undergoing other treatment for cancer you should keep in contact with the specialty health professionals who are caring for you.

Services

BRI New foyer 2

The Chemotherapy Service at Bradford Royal Infirmary treats more than 100 patients per week. The service includes all the preparations required for chemotherapy and other drugs used to treat cancer. The day case unit is normally based on ward 16 on level one of BRI.

Owing to the current outbreak of COVID-19, however, the unit has relocated to the Ramsey Yorkshire Clinic, Cottingley to protect patients who may be at a higher risk of complications from the disease.

All chemotherapy procedures and the phlebotomy (blood) service for Haematology and Oncology patients are now based at the clinic.

If you have an appointment for one of these services, you will be contacted to let you know of the alternative location.

Inpatient care is provided for patients with complications or side-effects from treatment or cancers, supported by an acute oncology nursing team. The inpatient unit is located on ward 24 at BRI.

Outpatient care is provided by specialty teams, with input from specialist nurses and dietitians as required. Outpatient clinics mainly take place at Outpatients West, BRI.

Visiting our hospitals

Please note that most visiting has been suspended due to coronavirus. There are exceptions for those receiving end-of-life care. Further details can be found here.

We have set up a new telephone information line for relatives concerned about inpatients.

Please call 01274 272747, from 10:15am to 5:30pm to see if the clinical area concerned provides this service.

Prehabilitation

Prehabilitation (prehab) enables people with cancer to prepare for treatment by promoting healthy behaviours in order to help them cope better with treatment and improve their long-term outcomes.

Think of it like rehabilitation that takes place before the event, rather than after.

At Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we will support patients to engage in exercise, healthy eating and have improved emotional well-being. This should lead to reduced time spent in hospital and reduced need for readmission to hospital.

For more information on prehabilitation at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, please see the short film below and our dedicated prehabilitation page and resources.

Treatment

Your treatment depends on the type of cancer, its location, size, whether it has spread and your general health. You may have different types of treatment so understanding your treatment and possible side effects is important.

There are many forms of treatment for cancer. Below are some of the more common treatments:

  • Chemotherapy – an anti-cancer drug
  • Radiotherapy – uses a type of radiation to treat cancer cells
  • Surgery – one of the main forms of treatment for cancer

Meet our multi-disciplinary team members

You are likely to come across a number of people over the course of your time at Bradford Teaching Hospitals who will be responsible for providing you with dedicated treatment, care and support. Depending on the type of cancer and the treatment required, they could include:

Cancer care co-ordinator/pathway navigator

An individual who works closely with your care team and can provide information and education, identify concerns and refer you and your families to other available resources.

Clinical nurse specialist

A specialist cancer nurse who can help you to understand treatment options and support you through your cancer experience. They are likely to be your main contact at the hospital.

Consultant

An expert doctor also referred to as a specialist. They may be a surgeon or an oncologist (cancer specialist).

Dietitian

Can help you with diet and nutrition.

Occupational therapist

Will support you with everyday tasks and help you maintain independence.

Pathologist

A specialist who studies cells and will analyse biopsies or blood tests.

Physiotherapist

Available to help you with mobility and physical activity.

Psychologist or counsellor

Someone you can talk to about your feelings and worries.

Radiologist

A specialist trained to look at scans, including CT, MRI and x-rays.

Radiology

Specialty lead clinicians at Bradford Teaching Hospitals

 Name Special interest
Mr Rohit Chahal Urology
Dr Leanne Cheyne Lung
Dr Omotayo Bajulaiye Gynaecology
Mr David Watt Head and neck
 Name Special interest
Mr Jas Tan Skin
Dr Catherine Tait Breast
Dr Anshu Garg Haematology (blood)
 Name Special interest
Mr Jay Gokhale Upper gastrointestinal
Mr John Griffith Colorectal
Dr Sam Khan Vague symptoms
Dr Andrew Conn Medical Oncology

Further information by cancer site

Cancer support services

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may require support, assistance and guidance. At Bradford, support is available whenever you need it – your specialist nurse will be able to tell you what’s available. Three of the main support organisations are highlighted here. Click on the images for more information.

Information leaflets

The website below features a number of short films which can help explain what cancer is and provide an overview of cancer treatments.

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