The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust provides specialist services for cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. Cancer Services in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust include all the health and social care services needed to diagnose, treat and care for people affected by cancer. These services are provided in a range of different places, including:
  • GP surgeries
  • District hospitals
  • Specialist hospitals
  • Patients' own homes

The Trust is part of an innovative partnership with Cancer Research UK, Queen's University Belfast, the Health and Social Care (HSC) Research & Development (R&D) Division and the Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland which brings together scientists, doctors and nurses from across Northern Ireland. By sharing their knowledge and expertise they are increasing the pace of research and improving treatment for patients.

Belfast Trust Cancer Services includes the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, which provides a comprehensive range of radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments. Diagnostic services and treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, brachytherapy and chemotherapy are provided in the different hospitals in the Belfast Trust.  These include the Royal Hospital, Belfast City Hospital, Mater Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital.

Many people with cancer go to different hospitals for different parts of their cancer pathway. Specialist cancer teams and local cancer diagnostic and treatment teams are in place across the Cancer Network. Staff in those teams work closely with each other, and with other health professionals looking after cancer patients, to form a "Cancer Network" working across Northern Ireland.  Belfast Trust is part of the Northern Ireland Cancer Network.

In the Belfast Trust there are a range of teams who help diagnose, treat and care for patients. These teams are called Cancer Multi-disciplinary teams (MDT). All patients diagnosed with cancer are discussed by a Cancer MDT to agree the best course of treatment and to plan future care.

These teams are from different specialties:

  • Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Oncology (cancer treatment)
  • Radiology (x-ray)
  • Pathology (examination of specimens)

These are some of the members of the MDT:

  • Consultant Doctors
  • Nurses/ Nurse Specialists 
  • Social Workers
  • Radiographers
  • Allied Health Professionals (Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists etc.) 
  • Administration Support

The members of the MDT are there to provide patients with information, guidance and support. The Belfast Trust also has Macmillan Information and Support centres and partnerships with cancer charities and support groups to help people affected by cancer.