St. Luke’s Cancer Centre is situated within the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford (United Kingdom). It serves a population of ~1.3 million people. The original centre opened in the “old” St. Luke’s Hospital in 1964, and the current centre moved to the “new” Royal Surrey County Hospital in 1996.
St. Luke’s Cancer Centre has six linear accelerators, brachytherapy facilities, and radionuclide facilities; it also has extensive chemotherapy / day unit facilities, the so-called Fountain Centre (complementary therapy and counselling facility), and access to all the diagnostic and therapeutic modalities expected in a large district general hospital.
St. Luke’s Cancer Centre has a dedicated acute oncology ward (with isolation rooms for radionuclide patients, and single rooms for immunosuppressed / infected patients), with other oncology patients being cared for on site-specific wards within the Royal Surrey County Hospital, e.g. patients with lung cancer on the respiratory ward.
Areas of specialisation
St. Luke’s Cancer Centre treats most adult malignancies, but does not treat paediatric malignancies; it treats haematological malignancies, but does not undertake haematopoietic stem cell transplantation at present. The Royal Surrey County Hospital is the regional centre for head and neck surgery, upper GI surgery, hepato-pancreatic-biliary surgery, gynaecological surgery and urological surgery (but also undertakes various other type of cancer surgery, e.g. breast surgery, colorectal surgery).
Palliative and supportive care
The Supportive & Palliative Care Team consists of two Consultants in Palliative Medicine, five Clinical Nurse Specialists in Palliative Care, two Clinical Research Fellows (in Palliative Care), and three administrative personnel. The Supportive & Palliative Care Team provides a hospital seven day service to the district general hospital, and associated cancer centre (St. Luke’s Cancer Centre). They also operate two Supportive & Palliative Care Clinics a week, and a weekly Cancer Survivorship Clinic.
The Supportive & Palliative Care Team has an active educational programme, and run an annual, national advanced pain and symptom management course. They also have an active research programme, with the main research themes being breakthrough cancer pain, oral problems, and end-of-life care.