Cancer services

About

Our cancer service is one of the foremost cancer centres in the country, with one of the highest trial recruitment rates over the whole range of treatments. We are key to delivering tomorrow’s treatments today. We hold national treatment centres for gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) and germ cell tumours, as well as the regional centre for nearly all complex cancer surgery and many diagnostics. We offer the most up-to-date chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, which leads to one of the best survival rates in the country.

We strive to deliver a high quality, comprehensive and patient-focussed service for all our cancer patients throughout their care. With the expansion of our Macmillan cancer navigator service, our increased clinical nurse specialist team, and the on-site support of Macmillan information and Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital, we aim to deliver a holistic care package for our patients and carers. This enables them to receive the most advanced therapies in a compassionate and supportive manner, and empowers them to rebuild their lives.

Sub specialties

Conditions and treatments

We provide a dedicated screening service for bowel cancer through West London Bowel Cancer Screening and for breast cancer through the West of London Breast Screening Service. Our Trust manages all cancer diagnoses including:

  • Breast cancer
  • Upper and lower GI cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Urological cancers (prostate, renal, bladder, urothelial)
  • Brain cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Pancreas cancer
  • Liver or hepato-biliary cancer
  • Neuroendocrine (NET) cancer
  • Cancers of unknown primary origin (CUP)
  • Gynaecological cancers
  • Testicular cancer, germ cell cancer and GTD
  • Blood cancers or haemato-oncology (including lymphoma, myeloma, leukaemia, myelodysplasias) 

Treatments we offer

We offer a wide range of supportive services to enhance the holistic care including lymphoedema management, psychological support, financial advice and support, health and wellbeing events and living with and beyond cancer via our partners at Macmillan and Maggie’s. We offer teenage and young adult services via our partners at CLIC Sargent. We do not manage sarcomas and penile cancers

We offer the full range of interventions and treatment for all the cancers we diagnose.

  • Surgical treatments: including regional services in breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, neurosurgery, cord compression surgery, hepato-biliary and pancreatic surgery, NET highly specialist surgery, thyroid surgery, renal and urothelial, and robotics options for thyroid and prostate.
  • Chemotherapy treatments: for all cancers including research trials from phase one through four
  • Radiotherapy treatments: for all cancers, including highly specialist radiotherapy such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and stereotactic highly focussed radiotherapy, to deliver increased doses to the cancerous tissue whilst sparing normal tissue

Some patients need just one type of treatment, while others receive a combination of the above. The need for specific types of treatment is unique to the type of cancer, the extent of the cancer, and each individual patient. Our expert clinicians discuss every patient at their multidisciplinary meetings to ensure each patient is offered the full range of options. 

Additional information

Clinical trials and research

We have an extensive research department and are the top recruiters of patients to clinical trials in UK with a varied portfolio of trials.

Education and elective placements

There are extensive educational opportunities, often within the post-graduate framework or work placements, sub-specialty placements, MD and PhD, MSc programmes and many others. See the Imperial College website or the tumour site pages and contact the lead of service for more detailed information.

Patient information leaflets

Further online resources



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