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Caring for you

There is no simple way to explain how we treat cancer at LOC. Everyone, and every cancer, is different.

Pioneering treatments are combined with a personalised plan delivered by highly skilled professionals throughout your treatment and beyond.

At LOC, we provide consultations and day case cancer treatment including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy and supportive care.

No two treatment plans are the same as all of our patients are individual so we aim to provide individually tailored treatment. We take into account how you live your life, your history and your future plans before we plan your treatment.

When should you come to LOC?

Patients can come to LOC at any stage, including:

  • When you are worried there is something wrong but haven’t spoken to a doctor yet
  • When you have seen a doctor already and been referred to LOC for further tests
  • When you have been diagnosed with cancer
  • When you transfer to LOC after starting treatment or obtaining a diagnosis elsewhere
  • When you want a second opinion

Whatever happens, your treatment plan will be individual to you and what you need.

Choosing a consultant

Some people come to us because they have already chosen one of our consultants – either because of their reputation or through a recommendation. Many others come to us without having a named doctor. We can help you choose a specialist.

Consultation with patient

Investigations and diagnosis

When someone first has symptoms that may be a sign of cancer, tests will be done to work out where the problem is. This will involve scans and tests such as CT, PET, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray and blood tests. The LOC can arrange any investigations at state-of-the-art facilities, with the results usually being available within 24 hours.

Your doctor will also consider whether you have any other medical problems that may need to be addressed.

nurses with lady in scanner

If the first investigations suggest there may be cancer, the next step is to confirm this and to work out exactly what type of cancer it is. This diagnosis is usually done by taking a tissue sample, called a biopsy.

There are a number of ways of doing a biopsy, depending on your individual case. Your consultant will explain the most appropriate way for you, but options can include:

Blood tests may also be used during the diagnosis. These are especially important for blood cancers. Blood tests are also needed for genetic testing.

Multi-disciplinary Team

Even though you will be under the care of one LOC consultant, there will actually be a team of specialists planning your care every step of the way.

Each ‘Multi Disciplinary Team’ specialises in a particular type of cancer. So, for example, the lung team will include:

  • Medical oncologists – doctors specialising in using chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs
  • Clinical oncologist – doctors specialising in using radiotherapy
  • Surgeons – doctors specialising in carrying out operations
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists – senior nurses specialising in cancer care
  • Radiologists – doctors specialising in reading scans
  • Pathologists – doctors specialising in reviewing biopsies.

These teams meet regularly to discuss each individual patient and:

Leaders in Oncology Care is not just about cancer ‘treatments’.

We also offer all patients wider physical and emotional support. Our aim is to help you stay strong, combat side effects and help you through the difficult stages of treatment and recovery. See support therapies for more on this.

“There is no simple way to explain how we treat cancer at LOC. Everyone, and every cancer, is different.”

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