Barts and The London Cancer Centre is based at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London, which has a long tradition of excellence – from the early pioneers such as Rahere to the more recent physicians Bodley Scott and Hamilton Fairley commemorated in our wards today.
The centre is a major tertiary referral centre for all forms of malignant disease in adults, providing cancer services to a catchment of more than one and a half million people in east London and the City. Our new hospitals programme will create a purpose-built Cancer and Cardiac Centre of Excellence at Barts, providing facilities to improve the high standard of clinical care that patients already receive.
We recognise that patients with cancer require very special attention before, during and after their treatment. Our team of experts is dedicated to making you feel comfortable and keeping you informed throughout your stay with us.
The high concentration of complex cases we see means that we have some of Britain’s leading specialists on our team. We have internationally recognised consultants and many have joint appointments with our partner medical school. Our teaching hospital status means that we have a higher ratio of doctors and nurses to patients than non-teaching hospitals.
Using research to develop cutting-edge treatments
As a large teaching and specialist hospital we conduct a wide variety of medical research to ensure that we provide the most advanced and successful treatments for our patients. Working closely with the Institute of Cancer, at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, our team of clinicians and scientists are at the forefront of cancer research – investigating new therapies and novel approaches for the diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
The cancer centre has been inspected and approved by national peer review teams for each of its specialities, and the clinical and research teams were awarded Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) status by the Department of Health and Cancer Research UK after review by an international panel of cancer experts. We have appointed five new academic and clinical consultants as the result of an internationally reviewed competition bringing with them substantial funding for researching and improving the treatment of our patients. For more information about our research, click here.
For more information about cancer treatments, click here.
State-of-the-art blood cancer service
The Bodley Scott haemato-oncology unit provides state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities and treatment for all forms of blood cancer (leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma). Our team of internationally recognised experts has been instrumental in the design and use of novel treatment approaches, such as bone marrow transplantation, many of which are now used routinely. We have an extensive portfolio of clinical trials and laboratory research programmes for a range of conditions – please click here for further information.
Treatment of common and rare cancers
There are highly specialised teams for each of the common cancers (lung, breast stomach and bowel, kidney, prostate, bladder, ovarian, endometrial, and cervical) as well as some of the more rare forms such as mesothelioma, testis, and melanoma. We specialise in the use of the most effective and up-to-date treatments combining where necessary surgery with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone treatment, and new drugs for cancer.
Leading radiotherapy service
Our comprehensive radiotherapy service offers state-of-the-art treatments for patients with cancer. We have four modern linear accelerators (linacs), which means that treatment continues daily without interruption. In addition, we are one of only a few hospitals in the UK to offer intensity modulated therapy, which can mould the radiation dose even more closely to the tumour to avoid neighbouring sensitive healthy regions. For more information, please click here.
We ensure that patients and their carers are kept fully informed at each stage of their care.
To support our doctors and nurses in their communication, we have an office of Cancerbackup on site at the hospital to ensure you have all the information available about your treatment.
Critical to the quality of our service is teamwork; our patients are treated by a team of clinical experts – radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, physicians and radiotherapists alongside high quality nursing care and therapeutic support. We work closely with our local healthcare partners including GPs, health and social workers and palliative care teams, ensuring that care continues after our patients leave hospital.
North East London Cancer Network
We are the specialist regional centre for cancer treatment in north east London and belong to the North East London Cancer Network together with Homerton, Newham, Whipps Cross, King George Ilford, and Queens Hospitals. Barts and The London Cancer Centre provides an outreach service to each of these hospitals, (and for some services to an extended network of other hospitals) meaning that our specialists can often treat patients at their local hospitals as well as on site at Barts, according to their individual reqirements.