Cancer Services

Every year we receive around 8,500 GP referrals for suspected cancer and around 2,300 patients with newly diagnosed cancers are treated at MFT every year.

We offer a full range of cancer care at MFT, including a number of highly specialised surgical and support services which are among the best in the UK.

MFT is a specialist centre for lung cancer.  We are the only provider of lung (thoracic) surgery in Greater Manchester and provide lung cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy and surgery for patients across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Patients from Greater Manchester and beyond are also referred to the Manchester Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns at MFT following cancer treatment. The Nightingale Centre, our specialist breast unit, is a major provider of breast screening and surgery, including breast reconstruction in partnership with our plastic surgeons.

The fact that we house all of these specialisms means patients benefit from some of the country’s leading clinicians sharing knowledge to deliver the very highest standards of complex care under one roof. Here is a list of the types of cancer we treat and the departments which offer these services:

  • Breast Cancer – Breast Services
  • Bowel Cancer – Colorectal Surgery
  • Skin Cancer – Dermatology, Plastic Surgery
  • Cervical , Ovarian, Womb, Vulval/Genital and Vaginal Cancer – Gynaecology
  • Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma – Haematology
  • Head and Neck Cancer – ENT/Head and Neck Services
  • Lung Cancer – Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Oncology
  • Oesophagus / Stomach Cancer – General Surgery
  • Bladder, Kidney, Prostate, Penis, Testicle and Adrenal Cancer – Urology

As well as dealing with the physical effects of cancer and treatment, patients and their families can face a number of psychological and practical challenges. We have a number of support services for cancer patients including a dedicated Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre offering information and support to anyone affected by cancer. The Macmillan Palliative Care Centre is a team of specialist nurses supporting patients with life-limiting lung, skin and upper GI (stomach) cancer, their families, and carers.

Cancer care in partnership

We have close links with other cancer care providers including The Christie hospital, which provides the majority of chemotherapy treatments and all radiotherapy treatments for our patients.

Specialist treatment for rare sarcomas – cancerous tumors affecting the body’s connective tissues – is not provided at MFT. Patients are referred to the Greater Manchester and Oswestry Sarcoma Service (GMOSS), based at Christie Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Shropshire. When cancers affecting the brain and central nervous system services are diagnosed at MFT, patients are referred to Salford Royal Hospital. Children with suspected or confirmed cancer are treated at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Cancer Research

MFT’s Cancer Research Hub team has a complex and varied research portfolio, including interventional, observational, prevention, drug and device trials.