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Innovative cancer treatments


There are many different types of cancer treatment, but all with the same aim of removing the cancerous cells to try to ensure the cancer doesn't return.  The treatment that you have will depends on the type of cancer you have and what stage it’s at. Some people with cancer will have only one treatment but most will have a combination of treatments.

At Ramsay Health Care we are constantly investing in our technology and facilities and recruiting leading experts so that we can offer the best, latest and most innovative cancer treatments at our local hospitals, including Rivers.

Some of the treatments available at Rivers include:


Surgery is a common treatment option.  Surgery removes the tumour and some of the surrounding tissue. The removed tissue will be sent for laboratory analysis and your consultant will use the results to help decide whether further treatment, such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy, is needed.  Choose a cancer type to get more specific information.


During chemotherapy, a powerful medicine is given either as a tablet or directly into a vein using an injection or infusion to kill cancerous cells.

This is carried out here at Rivers Hospital and in some cases treatment can be organised at home with our specialist nurses.


Radiotherapy uses high-energy x-rays to treat cancer.  It can be given both externally and internally which involves having radioactive material placed inside the body.  Whilst we are not currently able to offer radiotherapy directly at Rivers, the treatment is available nearby at our sister hospital Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford.  

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy works by lowering the levels of hormones in your body or by stopping their effects. For example, prostate cancer in particular needs testosterone to grow.  Choose a cancer type to get more specific information.

Targeted (biological) immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is one of the most exciting developments in cancer treatment in years, and what’s more it is available to patients at River’s Hospital.  Immunotherapy medicines help your immune system fight cancer by stimulating certain immune system cells like T-lymphocytes to identify aberrant or faulty cells and destroy them as they transform into tumours. Other immunotherapies boost your immune system to work better against cancer.  Read more….

Complementary and alternative therapies

Complementary therapies can be used alongside conventional cancer treatments to help you cope better with the symptoms of your cancer or the side effects of your cancer treatment.

Examples of complementary therapies include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy and yoga.  

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