Plymouth Oncology Centre is located in a purpose built unit, which opened in February 1998 and is situated on level two of Derriford Hospital. The unit predominantly serves the population of Plymouth, East Cornwall and South Devon, with a tertiary care role for a wider population as the centre is a lead provider for some specialist cancer treatments in the region. There are currently nine clinical oncologists and one medical oncologist, who are all site/disease specific and supported by a team of registrars.
The Oncology Centre has its own outpatient area, Chemotherapy Daycase unit, Radiotherapy Department and counselling room all located on level two, whilst our inpatient ward Brent is situated on level eight. All units are supported by teams of fully qualified nurses and healthcare assistants. Oncology at Derriford Hospital offers a wide range of treatments available for patients, primarily centering on chemotherapy and radiotherapy. There is an Acute Oncology Service lead by a consultant oncologist and a team of specialist nurses who work to provide rapid, high quality expert care for cancer patients, working alongside colleagues in the Emergency Department and General Medicine.
Derriford Hospital is committed to providing the delivery of Chemotherapy Outreach within local community hospitals, including services at Tavistock, Liskeard, and Kingsbridge. All major chemotherapy delivery routes are covered, including intravenous, subcutaneous and oral. The unit operates from 09:00 until 18:30 on weekdays, whilst our Outreach service operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
- Click here to find out more about our Chemotherapy Daycase service.
There are a team of Cancer Nurse Specialists who support the ongoing day to day process of patient care and maintenance of treatment. They provide information and support to patients and their families, through relating to illnesses and any potential problems they may have. Specialist Dieticians are also available to help any patients who have any concerns about their diets.
The Radiotherapy department works closely with the day case Chemotherapy Unit, Brent Inpatient Ward and the Clinical Research unit to ensure they deliver a high quality service to all patients. The team includes therapeutic Radiographers, clinical technologists, engineers, assistant practitioners and is supported by a team of admin and clerical staff. They have access to the latest state of the art equipment to deliver highly accurate and personalised radiotherapy. Radiotherapy is the use of high energy radiation to treat diseases and is delivered using one of our 3 Linear Accelerators. It is a common treatment for cancer, where the radiation is used to destroy cancer cells. A vital key to long-term survival for cancer patients is access to radiotherapy and it can aid to control and even cure some cancers.
- To find out more about our Radiotherapy department and available treatments, you can click the link below.
There is an Oncology clinical trials team which consists of clinicians, nurses and administrative staff who have a specialist interest in clinical trials. Each trial is overseen by one of the oncology consultants and a dedicated research registrar in the department. The trials team are based on Level three of Oncology next to Palliative Care.
The Mustard Tree Macmillan Centre has been created to support individuals with cancer, their families and carers. The centre works closely with staff that are involved in the treatment of cancer and offer a friendly space where you are able to share your concerns, ask questions and receive support from helpers who are professional or trained volunteers who may have personal experiences of cancer. More information on The Mustard Tree can be found here:
Dr Geoffrey Cogill BM, BSc, MRCP, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist and Lead for Chemotherapy: Upper GI Cancer, Head & Neck Cancer (Oesophagus) and Skin Cancer (SCC, BCC).
Dr Francis Daniel MBChB, FFR, RCSI, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist and Director of Cancer Services: Lower Gastrointestinal Cancer and Urological Malignancies
Dr Sidharth Dubey MD, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist: Breast Cancer and Gynaecological Cancer
Dr Martin Highley BSc, MD, MRCP, Medical Oncologist: Testicular Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Renal Cell Cancer and Melanoma.
Dr Steve Kelly PhD, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist (Clinical Lead); Breast Cancer, Lymphoma, Paediatric and CNS Cancer.
Dr Udaiveer Panwar MBBS, MD. Clinical Oncologist; Breast Cancer and Sarcoma.
Dr Sarah Pascoe MRCP, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist and Clinical Director for Oncology: Gastrointestinal Cancer, Urological Cancer, and CNS Cancer.
Dr. Amy Roy BMedSci, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist: Head and Neck Cancer, Lung Cancer, Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma and Thyroid Cancer.
Dr. David Sherriff MRCP FRCR, Clinical Oncologist and Acute Oncology Service lead; Neuroendocrine Cancer, Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Oesophageal Cancer, Colorectal Cancer.
Dr Dennis Yiannakis MRCP, FRCR. Clinical Oncologist: Lung Cancer, Gynecological Cancer and Lymphoma.