Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre

Every year, 1,500 people in East and North Hertfordshire are told that they have cancer and over 10,000 will need treatment.

The chemotherapy and outpatients unit at the Lister hospital in Stevenage has now been completely redesigned and rebuilt to give the staff a chance to meet the challenges of maintaining a complex and high quality service, now and for the future. But we still need your help.

The new centre:

• Allows 18 patients to receive chemotherapy treatment at once, doubling the amount of space previously available to the 220 patients treated at the Lister each week.

• Provides two restful and soothing gardens for people with cancer and their families. Well designed gardens have been proven to improve patients’ response to treatment, and provide a welcome environment for accompanying family and friends.

• Offers clear areas where people can discuss sensitive information about their diagnosis and treatment with clinical and nursing staff, as well as clear access to the excellent Macmillan Information and Support and Welfare Benefits advisors.

How will my donation make a difference?

The centre at the Lister means that no one accessing chemotherapy and outpatient treatment in this local area has to go through cancer alone. But we can’t do it without your continued support.

The total cost for developing the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre was £3m. We still need to raise £350k to make sure we can cover the costs involved in meeting the quality standards we expect for this, as with every new cancer facility where we have the chance to be involved.

Any amount would help us to improve the lives of local people with cancer.

We are raising funds for a Macmillan Cancer Centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. There is a small chance we will raise more than we need for this project. If this happens, your gift will be used to provide much needed help and support to people affected by cancer in the Hertfordshire area.

Tracey's story

‘I was 32 when I was diagnosed. I’ve been married now for two years. My daughter will be eight next month.

‘I’m still having treatment. I go every three weeks. I’ve had a month off here and there.

'I’m usually there two or three hours in total. They need more space – it’s too cramped. You can definitely tell you’re in a hospital. There aren’t any windows in the waiting area. It’s a bit depressing. Having natural light would make it a lot better.

‘The treatment room has big windows... It’s still a bit gloomy though. The chairs are close together... There are still a few that can’t recline. Sitting there for hours, my bum gets numb.

‘When I saw the garden on the plans, I said: “Wow, that looks really good!” Being on Level 10 there’s quite a bit of coming up and down. A garden area would be peaceful and chilled and relaxing. It would make you feel better.’

Latest news

VIDEO: Lister Hospital in Stevenage to get £2.9 million cancer unit Monday 13 May 2013

'The centre, which will be managed by the East and North Herts NHS Trust, will almost double Lister’s chemotherapy capacity, dramatically reduce the cramped conditions for patients and staff, and create a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families.' Read more on The Comet website.


Comet backs fundraising appeal for new Lister cancer centre Friday 07 June 2013

'THE Comet has thrown its weight behind Macmillan Cancer Support’s £1.5 million fundraising appeal to create a new cancer centre at Lister Hospital.' Read more at The Comet website.


Macmillan Cancer Support launch World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Saturday 03 August 2013

'A CANCER charity has launched an appeal for people across Hertfordshire to drink coffee and eat cake to help it raise vital funds to build a £3m cancer centre at the Lister Hospital.' Read more at The Comet website.


First glimpse at plans for £3m Lister Macmillan cancer centre Wednesday 28 August 2013

'The new artist’s illustrations show how the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre reception, waiting area, treatment area and treatment waiting areas might look, although designers are continuing to shape aspects of the centre.' Read more and view the images on the Hertfordshire Mercury website.


BBC News: Work begins on new cancer treatment centre Tuesday 08 October 2013

'Work has started on a project to build a new Macmillan cancer treatment centre at a hospital in Hertfordshire.' Read more at the BBC website.


Turf cutting ceremony held to mark start of work on £3million Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre Wednesday 09 October 2013

'Transformed cancer care across East and North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire came one step closer, with a turf-cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on a new £3 million cancer centre at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.' Read more at The Comet website.


Macmillan Cancer Support is Comet’s Charity of the Year 2014 Saturday 11 January 2014

We're thrilled to share that the Comet has made Macmillan Cancer Support their Charity of the Year for 2014. Read more on the Comet website.


£3million Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre welcomes first patients Wednesday 18 June 2014

'A multi-million pound cancer centre welcomed its first patients yesterday.' Read more on The Comet Website.


Frequently asked questions

What is the single most urgent issue the team are facing that will be solved by the build?


They are simply running out of space to deliver treatment due to the increase in complexity and amount of treatments from the local area.

What is the current cancer incidence in the area?

There are over 10,000 people living with cancer in the core geographic area served by the Lister hospital and over 1,500 continue to be diagnosed every year. 

There were 3,327 diagnoses made during 2011/12 alone across the whole of the East & North Herts NHS Trust (which covers 4 hospitals), which is a 42% increase from the 2009/10 data.

Source: Outline Business Case

How many people will be treated by the new centre per year?

On average, the Lister sees approx 220 chemo patients per week and 11,000 per year. There are a variety of figures used to represent the growth of cancer demand in the local area. 6% is the generally accepted mid-point statistic from the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group (NCAG).

For oncology and haematology outpatients, data for 2012/13 suggests that demand has increased between 10% to 25% monthly. The new centre will be set up so that it can respond to this demand.

How far do the people who can’t receive chemotherapy treatment at the Lister have to travel?

While there are no exact figures available, we can assume that each patient referred to Mount Vernon will travel over 500 miles more than had they been treated at the Lister. With further assumptions made on car costs, etc, this could equate to over £230 of additional costs borne by each referred patient.

What are Macmillan and the Lister currently doing to cope with the demands placed on the centre?

The brilliant staff at the Forster Suite - the current chemotherapy suite - are re-configuring the space available (eg staff giving up their toilet and office) as much as possible to improve patient experience but this is a short-term emergency fix only and not sustainable.

How many patients of working age are treated at the Lister?

52% of the patients who accessed chemotherapy treatments at the Lister from July 2012 to Jan 2013 were below the age of 60.

How does the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre link to the wider Macmillan services provision, commissioning of care and other services we provide?

This build links in with the larger Survivorship Programme worked on by Macmillan and the East & North Herts NHS Trust. There are plans for the future to further integrate cancer services in the East & North Herts area.

What is the project timetable?

The build is complete, with the official opening planned for approximately September 2014.

What tendering process has been followed?

The NHS Framework has been followed – Procure 21+. This means that a selection of contractors have been pre-approved through OJEU (European procurement) and can be selected on projects such as the Lister build.

Macmillan Cancer Support is proud to work in partnership with the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust on the Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre.

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