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Specialist cancer care centre

The clinical oncology service at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr offers convenient and fast access to experts in treating and caring for people with prostate, bladder, and colorectal cancer.

You can be sure of the best care from our experienced Consultant Clinical Oncologists. They are committed to delivering outstanding nonsurgical treatment and management of cancer, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy.

Your consultant can refer you to a surgeon if you’re having additional problems that they could deal with better. They can also refer you to our allied hospital – BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow – for treatments like chemotherapy and immunotherapy and further investigations such as specialised imaging.

The hospital is easy to get to for patients in Ayrshire and beyond. We offer consultant-led care throughout your journey with us, as well as exceptional nursing and friendly administrative staff dedicated to providing personalised care in the fastest way possible.

Clinical oncology is a speciality that deals with all aspects of cancer care, excluding surgery. The clinical oncologists at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital consult and review treatment for colorectal, prostate and bladder cancer.

Typically, this field of oncology uses chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat cancer, along with hormone treatments.

Doctors and scientists are developing new oncological treatments all the time. The most significant advance in the last few years is immunotherapy, which can effectively treat some cancers.

Our clinical oncologists offer the following treatments:

  • Chemotherapy - This anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drug treatment is administered through the veins (intravenously) every two to three weeks for several months to shrink a tumour and stop cancer cells from reproducing. Clinical oncologists can also give you chemotherapy tablets, but it’s primarily intravenous delivery. Chemotherapy reduces symptoms and prolongs life. In recent years there have also been improvements with better anti-sickness (anti-nausea) medicines.

  • Radiotherapy - Another way of shrinking and killing cancer cells is through radiotherapy. A machine called a linear accelerator delivers the treatment using high-powered X-rays. Your oncologist may suggest radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy.

  • Hormone therapy - Clinical oncologists sometimes prescribe hormone therapy to target hormone-sensitive areas, such as the breast, prostate, and gynaecological cancers. The treatment is given as tablets but can be injections for prostate cancer.

  • Immunotherapy - Like chemotherapy, immunotherapy is a ground-breaking treatment that’s given intravenously every two or three weeks, but it has a different way of working than chemotherapy with varying side effects. Immunotherapy works by stimulating the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells.

In most cases, your consultant surgeon will refer you to one of our Consultant Clinical Oncologists. However, we also see those whom their GP has referred, or you can self-refer if you have had cancer, were discharged but then experience symptoms again.

Consultations and reviews take place at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, and treatment is administered at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow or through the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

During your consultation, you can expect a discussion about your general health and other issues you might have. Your clinical oncologist will then focus on your current symptoms, what your diagnostic tests have shown, and the stage of your cancer. Then they would explain your type of cancer in detail, the diagnosis and discuss the treatment options available to you.

We understand there will be a lot for you to take in. You will have time to ask questions or address your concerns, and we recommend you bring someone along with you to the consultation to support you.

As most patients are referred to our clinical oncologists by a consultant surgeon, many diagnostic tests such as biopsies have usually already been done. However, if you have not had the required biopsies, these can be arranged.

Our Consultant Clinical Oncologists can also advise further investigations, such as a computerised tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. They will organise imaging on an urgent basis at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

Once we have provided you with a diagnosis, your consultant oncologist will devise a treatment plan tailored to you. They will discuss the potential plan with you and give you information about the treatments, which could include chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapies and immunotherapy.

It’s essential that you go home, think through the treatment plan thoroughly and discuss it with those close to you. Your consultant will arrange a follow-up consultation or call with you should you have any further questions or wish to go ahead with the proposed treatment.

If you agree with the treatment, your clinical oncologist will arrange for this to start urgently and provide you with further details.

The Consultant Clinical Oncologist you saw at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital for your initial consultation will be the same consultant you see throughout your care, including treatment.

Our Consultant Clinical Oncologists have decades of experience in cancer study and training registrars, publishing articles in medical journals, advising on potential new drugs, and principal investigators in national and international clinical trials.

We understand that the word ‘cancer’ can create feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty about what lies ahead. Our expert Consultant Clinical Oncologists are compassionate and caring, with an excellent understanding of what you’re going through to put you at your ease. They will reassure you as much as possible and try to relieve your anxieties, so you leave the hospital with a positive mind and a clear way forward.

Specialists offering Oncology

Dr Nick MacLeod

Consultant Clinical Oncologist

BSC (Med. Sci.), MB ChB, MRCP, FRCR, MD

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital 1 more BMI Ross Hall Hospital

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Mr Sanjeet Bhattacharya

Consultant General & Breast Surgeon

MBBS, MS(Gen.Surgery), FRCS Glasg(General Surgery)

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital

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