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.
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).
Supportive and palliative care
The supportive and palliative care team consists of three consultants in palliative medicine, six clinical nurse specialists, and three junior doctors. In addition a project manager, data manager, research fellow and physician associate work to deliver the enhanced supportive care service.
The supportive and palliative care team provides a seven day service to the district general hospital and associated cancer centre. The enhanced supportive care team provide daily clinics for symptom control in patients with cancer.
The teams run an active education programme including national courses. There is also an active research programme, with the main research themes being end of life care, opioid induced constipation and cancer pain.