Have you seen the cancer services app? 

Cancer Services offer a smartphone app to provide support and information to people and their families living with cancer and beyond.

The app is available for both apple and android phones and covers a broad range of information from benefits and welfare advice through to support groups and services to promote wellbeing.

For any support, information or advice, please contact the East Lancashire Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service via phone or email:

  • 01254 732598
  • eastlancsmacmillan@elht.nhs.uk

If you want to promote any services via the app then please contact eastlancsmacmillan@elht.nhs.uk

Search for the 'HealthZone UK' app and then for 'ELHT Cancer Team App'. 

What we do

The Trust’s Cancer Services and Oncology Directorate sits within the Division of Surgery and Anaesthetic Services and delivers cancer care, including out-patient clinics, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services across all tumour sites.

The Directorate consists of multi-disciplinary professionals who work together to ensure the Trust delivers high quality care to all patients on a cancer pathway.  

The Directorate is led by a senior team comprising the Cancer Clinical Lead, Cancer Services and Oncology Directorate Manager and Macmillan Assistant Director of Nursing.

Ongoing review and Service Improvement is managed and coordinated by 2 facilitators who review pathways and work closely with the clinical teams to maximise productivity and improve patient experience and quality of care.

An Executive Director of the Trust Board is identified with ultimate responsibility and accountability for ensuring the Trust meets all the NHS standards for the delivery of cancer care.

The Cancer Directorate and supporting services provide services for all the main tumour groups for all residents of East Lancashire and ensures that patients are treated in a timely manner.

Oncology is a speciality through which cancer and complications of cancer are treated. A range of systemic anti-cancer therapy (known as SACT) such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone treatment and immunotherapy can be used to treat or control diagnosed cancer. More information can be found on the ELHT Cancer Team App. 

Chemotherapy is a treatment which uses one or more anti-cancer drugs with a curative intent or to prolong life.

Radiotherapy is a treatment which uses ionizing radiation to control or kill malignant cells.

Immunotherapy is a treatment which involves promotion of the bodies own immune system to kill cancer cells.

The Trust provides outpatient chemotherapy systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) consultation clinics, delivered by the three Consultant Medical Oncologists in conjunction with visiting Consultant Clinical Oncologists from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Patients requiring radiotherapy treatment are referred to the Rosemere Cancer Centre at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (Preston site).

We have a team of 12 Consultants and 3 Speciality Doctors who deliver the Medical and Clinical aspects of these services.

This includes cancer of the lung, upper gastrointestinal tract (gut), lower gastrointestinal tract (bowel), hepatobiliary (liver, pancreas, gall bladder), head and neck, breast, urology (bladder, prostate, kidneys), gynaecological and cancer of the unknown primary (CUP).

These services are supported by a range of Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists and Advanced Clinical Practitioners.

Acute Oncology support is delivered from the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital for patients currently undergoing cancer treatment.

We now also have a breast pain clinic to support people in East Lancashire that can provide a full family history assessment, breast examination, and specialist advice to patients suffering from breast pain. It is based at St Peter’s Centre, 42 Church Street, Burnley.

Referrals into a Cancer Pathway are made by a GP or hospital Consultant. This is done as soon as there is a suspicion of cancer.  

ELHT has a Non-Specific Symptoms Rapid Diagnostic Service (NSS RDS) for patients in cases where a GP is worried they might have cancer but are unsure where the primary diagnosis of cancer could be.

To find out more information please visit the following web page: Non-Specific Symptoms Rapid Diagnostic Service (NSS RDS) :: East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (elht.nhs.uk)

The Trust has two dedicated chemotherapy suites on each of its two main hospital sites Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital delivering both chemotherapy and immunotherapy to oncology and haematology patients.  

Outpatient appointments are offered from the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital.


Short film showing the Primrose Chemotherapy Unit at Burnley General Teaching Hospital

Radiotherapy is provided at the Rosemere Cancer Centre on the site of the Royal Preston Hospital.

Sara Bates, Cancer and Oncology Directorate Manager - 01254 735014
Mr Mohan-Pillai , Clinical Director - 01254 735014
Stephanie Hechter, Assistant Director of Nursing for Cancer Services 01254 735014

Alix Hall, Cancer and Oncology Assistant Directorate Manager - 01254 735014
Angela Holden, Matron for Cancer Services - 01254 735014
Mrs Lisa Stone, Directorate PA - 01254 735014
Acute Oncology Service - 01254 732782

Mrs Lisa Stone, Directorate PA, 01254 735 014

Service by Clinician referral and appointment only.

The Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) units operate during core hours Monday to Friday at Burnley General and Blackburn Royal. They are closed evenings and weekends.

The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in particular is an extremely busy site and as such this can make parking and accessing the site at certain times of the day more challenging.

It is recommended that you leave additional time to allow for access and parking to ensure you are able to attend for your appointment at the allotted time.


Need benefits advice?

Citizens Advice East Lancashire is here to help

If you have a cancer diagnosis we can help to make sure you are receiving the right benefits.

We can offer you a full benefit check and help you to apply for any benefits you are entitled to.

For advice, support and information, please call Citizens Advice East Lancashire on 01706 941859 or email

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