The Latest Treatments
Cancer surgery plays a vital part in the diagnosis, treatment, staging and control of many different cancers. The surgeons who work with HCA are specialists in their field and are supported by highly trained clinical staff such as specialists nurses, theatre staff and physiotherapists. We are committed to achieving the best possible surgical outcomes. When an operation is complex HCA surgical services are supported by our intensive care units, combining the highest quality of critical care nursing with 24 hour access to intensive care specialists.
Surgical services are available across the HCA cancer care network for patients of any age, with any type of cancer. A map of these services is available here.
Chemotherapy, new drugs and clinical trials
Our consultant colleagues work with us to ensure we offer the best international treatment protocols for our patients. This best practice is defined on the basis of top expert opinion and research. Such treatments have usually been developed in the leading cancer centres in the world and have been reviewed by the most highly regarded international experts although they may differ from UK national guidelines and treatments available to NHS patients.
Chemotherapy services are available across the HCA cancer care network for patients of any age, with any type of cancer. A map of these services is available here.
HCA has partnered with the Leaders in Oncology Care (LOC) to work with our highly trained staff to deliver the best possible standards of care across our chemotherapy facilities. LOC now provide chemotherapy services in three locations across London, each with the very same standards of care and patient support.
Sarah Cannon Research UK, an affiliate of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI), in partnership with HCA and LOC runs a cancer drug development program for private patients. Sarah Cannon Research UK is SCRI's first research program outside the USA and patients are now being enrolled in phase 1 and later phase clinical trials. Further information and a list of clinical trials open to recruitment is available here.
Many people with cancer will have radiotherapy as part of their cancer treatment. Second only to cancer surgery, radiotherapy is involved in the treatment of many cases where cancer is cured.
HCA has invested in state-of-the-art technology so that clinical oncologists - specialists in radiation oncology- can offer patients the latest treatment techniques to improve treatment outcomes and to reduce side effects. HCA's radiation oncology services are quality assured to the highest possible standards. Clinical oncologists are supported by expert teams of radiotherapists (radiographers), physicists, dosimetrists and nurses.
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) sculpts radiotherapy to give a high dose to the cancer while avoiding normal tissues and is used especially in head and neck cancer, prostate, lung, breast and bladder cancer.
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) uses imaging during treatment to adjust for cancers such as lung, prostate and bladder cancers moving or changing during therapy increasing accuracy and allowing smaller volumes to be treated.
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is a combination of IMRT and IGRT to deliver a small number of very high dose treatments. HCA has invested in linear accelerators and specially designed equipment to ensure appropriate patients can benefit from this technique.
The London Gamma Knife Centre at Barts
The Centre, with the latest Gamma Knife Perfexion, is based at the heart of St Bartholomew's Hospital, having moved in 2009 from Harley Street where the team had amassed 10 years experience using Gamma Knife technology to help and treat hundreds of patients with brain tumours.
The CyberKnife Centre London
The CyberKnife is the world's first and only radiosurgery system that uses advanced robotics to treat cancers and The CyberKnife Centre London at The Harley Street Clinic was the first in the UK to offer this treatment. This revolutionary, safe, non-surgical procedure delivers highly focused radiation therapy precisely to where it is needed, minimising significant dose to surrounding normal tissues that would be vulnerable to damage from high radiation doses. CyberKnife treatment requires no anaesthesia, there is no recovery time and patients can usually be treated and go home on the same day.
Radiation oncology services are available across the HCA cancer care network for patients of any age, with any type of cancer. A map of these services is available here.
Stem Cell & Bone Marrow Transplants
These highly specialist approaches are a key component in the management of some types of blood cancer including lymphomas and leukaemias. HCA offers a programme including both autologous and allogeneic transplants for adults, young people and children at The Harley Street Clinic, Harley Street at UCH and London Bridge Hospital.