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Chemotherapy Services

Cancer Care Centre Chemotherapy Bell

The Cancer Care Centre provides chemotherapy and supportive treatments, in partnership with the Christie, to patients with breast, bowel and some haematology cancers.

Anyone wishing to find out more about chemotherapy please follow the link below:

External webpage Macmillan chemotherapy information




Meet the Team:


Dr Elena Takeuchi

Oncology Consultant, Cancer Services

Dr Takeuchi took up the post of Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in November 2012.  She also specialises in the treatment of breast cancer and works as part of a larger breast cancer team at The Christie.

Dr Takeuchi is the clinical lead for the Chemotherapy Service at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. As part of The Christie’s outreach strategy, she has been involved with some exciting new developments in Wigan. Since the Cancer Care Centre opened its doors in January 2015, there has been a significant increase in the number of patients being offered cancer treatments closer to home.

In addition, she also leads the Acute Oncology Service at our Trust. The Acute Oncology Service aims to support both patients and doctors at Wigan, by providing specialist Oncology input in the management of cancer patients presenting to Wigan Infirmary with cancer treatment toxicities, or complications of cancer itself.


Dr Chris Gregory

Consultant Haematologist

Dr Chris Gregory trained at the University of Liverpool Medical School and graduated in 2003.  He then worked in the Merseyside region over the next 10 years, completing his training in Haematology. 

Establishing himself as a full-time consultant at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust in November 2013, he is also the clinical lead for the lymphoma service at Wigan.  Dr Gregory runs a joint outpatient clinic with consultants from The Christie as well as a clinic in the Cancer Care Centre for patients currently undergoing chemotherapy.


Dr Hitesh Patel

Consultant Haematologist

Dr Hitesh Patel underwent his medical training in the Northwest region at the Christie, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Blackpool Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital. He has been the Clinical Lead for Haematology, treating patients at the Cancer Care suite, since joining our Trust in 2009.

Dr Patel has extensive experience on the management of a range of blood cancers, such as Myeloma, Lymphoma, Leukaemia as well as patients with Myeloproliferative disease.


Dr Kalena Marti

Consultant Oncologist

Dr Marti was appointed as Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in October 2015. Prior to that, she completed her specialist training in the West Midlands and was awarded a PhD by the University of Manchester.

She specialises in the treatment of bowel and lung cancers. Part of Dr Marti’s role is to deliver chemotherapy treatment to patients with bowel cancer. Also, she facilitates the access to clinical trials, both at the Christie and Wigan.

One of Dr Marti’s passions is to expand the research activity at Wigan, so that our patients can access the latest trial drugs closer to home. As part of the initiative to treat more patients locally, she is also starting to expand the local chemotherapy services at Wigan so we can start treating lung cancer patients closer to home.


Dr Rahul Peck


Dr Peck qualified from Leeds University in 2001, and commenced higher specialist training in Medical Oncology in the North West in 2007. The majority of his training took place at The Christie in Manchester. Dr Peck has also worked at Royal Preston Hospital, Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Wythenshawe hospital.

Joining the team at Wigan in July 2015, he provides clinical support to the medical oncologists, as well as being actively involved in the Acute Oncology Team.


Leonora Anson

Lead Chemotherapy Nurse and Cancer Care Unit Manager

Leo qualified as a Registered Nurse in March 2006 from The University of Central Lancashire.  Her first post was on Trauma and Orthopaedics on the RAEI site. Leo has worked within cancer care, specialising in chemotherapy since 2007. In 2012, Leo completed a Masters Degree in Nursing after returning to The University of Central Lancashire to study.

Leo has held the post of Lead Chemotherapy Nurse and Cancer Care Unit Manager since February 2011. She was involved in the development of The Christie at Wigan service and was part of the team that opened the new Cancer Care Centre at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site.


Janet Irvine

Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse

Janet qualified as a nurse in 1983 and has extensive experience in a number of areas across the Trust. However, her keen interest was always in cancer and she became a Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse in 1995.

Her qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing and a Masters degree in Medical Ethics. Since 2011, Janet has been the Lead Cancer Nurse for the Trust. She works with the cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists in-service development and cancer peer review.

Recent projects include Living With and Beyond Cancer, and Shared Decision Making, in collaboration with service users. 


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