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Eastcott expands services by launching specialist-led oncology department

Swindon-based Eastcott Referrals has expanded its industry-leading services by launching a specialist-led oncology department.

The new service will be led by RCVS-recognised specialist Matthew Best. He said the new Eastcott department offers all chemotherapy options, alongside a comprehensive surgical service and the latest cutting-edge equipment. 

He said: “At Eastcott, we have amazing facilities and staff to care for pets with cancer, so we are proud to launch this comprehensive new oncology service.

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“We have a custom-designed chemotherapy room, multiple sterile theatres – including our interventional radiology theatre – and state-of-the-art imaging facilities, with a 64-slice CT scanner and advanced ultrasound equipment. “

Best added: “We are able to manage the full range of tumour types including maxillofacial tumours, from diagnosis to treatment. We use a variety of techniques to allow accurate staging, including minimally invasive biopsy and lymph node harvesting, as well as sentinel lymph node mapping and advanced medical imaging. 

“Treatment options include advanced soft tissue surgical oncology and the full range of medical oncology. This may involve standard and metronomic chemotherapy, intracavitary chemotherapy and immunotherapy, such as the melanoma vaccine.” 

Duncan Barnes, clinical director at Eastcott Referrals said: “For effective treatment, oncology requires close collaboration between many different departments. “We are lucky to have a great depth of experience across medical oncology, soft tissue surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and we all work together to provide the best possible treatment.  

“Our nursing team is also highly skilled and provides outstanding and personal care to ensure the wellbeing of every patient.”

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