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The Royal Marsden: Private cancer care in London

Royal Marsden cancer care in London
The Royal Marsden was founded in 1851 by William Marsden, his vision was to create a pioneering hospital dedicated to excellence in the research, treatment and care of people with cancer.   
Today, The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre specialising in cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and education. They are recognised around the world for their expertise in treating all cancer types and they are ranked as one of the best performing hospitals in the UK; every year they treat more than 540,000 people with cancer.  This includes the treatment of children and young adults in the dedicated paediatric oncology centre, the Oak Centre for Children and Young People.

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The Royal Marsden provides outstanding private facilities for private patients from the UK and overseas and has completed a £6 million upgrade to their private facility in London. 

They have two hospitals: one in Chelsea, London, and another in Sutton, Surrey.  They also have a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston, Surrey. 

Private cancer care at The Royal Marsden in London

Why choose private cancer care at 

The Royal Marsden?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer you will want to be referred to a hospital that can provide the best possible cancer treatment and care in a comfortable, modern environment.

Their international reputation as a world leader is based on a number of things: the leading-edge treatments they provide for all cancer types; the breadth of surgery, drug and radiotherapy methods they use; their focus on innovation; and the research that their clinical and scientific teams undertake.

Together with their academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), they form the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe with a combined staff of 4,300. Through this partnership, they undertake groundbreaking research into new cancer drug therapies and treatments. 

They also have an academic partnership with Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC). This combined partnership enhances their research programmes and their contribution to finding new and better ways to treat patients diagnosed with cancer.

As a private patient at The Royal Marsden, you will have access to some of the most eminent consultants and cancer specialists in the world. Through their work at The Royal Marsden they have pioneered many new cancer treatments that are now the standard of care worldwide.  Working together, they will provide you with an exceptionally high standard of cancer expertise covering diagnosis, treatment, recovery and aftercare that very few hospitals in the world can match. 

Royal Marsden cancer care

It is their combination of state-of–the-art technology and the very best cancer specialists that makes The Royal Marsden the UK’s first choice centre for cancer treatment and care.  

“As a world-renowned centre of expertise, our vision is to contribute to global improvement in the effective treatment of cancer while providing treatment and care of the highest quality.”

Cally Palmer CBE / Chief Executive

World-leading cancer care expertise, treatment and technology

The Royal Marsden has an international reputation for its ongoing commitment to the investment and introduction of all the latest treatments and technology including:

  • The delivery of an extensive range of radiotherapy techniques.  CyberKnife is an advanced tool that uses image-guidance to deliver radiotherapy to many different tumour types with pinhead accuracy;Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), a technique that produces radiotherapy in continuous sweeping arcs to deliver treatment more quickly and accurately in order to reduce patient visits and improve your recovery time; and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), is a technique that allows us to use higher doses of radiation whilst reducing its impact on normal tissue. The Royal Marsden was the first hospital in the UK to use VMAT and one of the first to introduce IMRT.
  • Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy, a treatment for breast patients pioneered at The Royal Marsden which involves chemotherapy being given before surgery. The treatment works by shrinking tumours prior to surgery, allowing women who would have needed a mastectomy to have less invasive surgery, which improves the preservation of breast tissue.
  • The da Vinci robotic surgery systems- The Royal Marsden was the first hospital in the UK to introduce the da Vinci S robotic surgical system back in 2007. The robot allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating prostate cancer. The hospital also became the first in England to get the latest version of the robotic surgical system, the da Vinci Xi in 2015. This innovative piece of machinery allows robotic surgeons to operate on other areas of the body and train surgeons of the future.

These are just a few of the leading-edge treatments and technologies currently in use at The Royal Marsden.  If you would like more information about any of them, or an overview of their work, please visit their website or get in touch.    

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Your personalised cancer treatment plan

A personalised treatment plan for you

Your consultant will discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with a multidisciplinary team of experts specialising in your type of cancer. Together, they will consider all possible treatment options and recommend those that they believe will achieve the best possible outcome. Your consultant will discuss their recommendations with you and help you shape your plan as treatment progresses. 

The multidisciplinary team will typically include a surgeon, medical and clinical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, specialist nurses and allied health professionals.

Delivering your inpatient and outpatient care

Your consultant will supervise every aspect of your care plan, supported by a Private Care team that includes experienced nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and other cancer care specialists.  

Providing the aftercare and support you need

They do everything they can to provide the reassurance, advice, psychological support and ongoing rehabilitation that you need to adapt to life after cancer. Many of their consultants and nurses have become experts in understanding the later effects that radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other treatments can cause. Their insights and expertise inform the aftercare services they provide for patients, including their highly respected breast cancer survivor programme.

Caring for those closest to you

They take every care to support not only you, but also your family, every step of the way, never forgetting that the people you care about are very important. From welcoming them into the hospital to providing them with the information they need, the staff at The Royal Marsden will help them to play a full role in your treatment journey.

Cultural match and additional services for overseas patients

The Royal Marsden attracts many patients from the Middle East and have seen a rise in Arab patients opting to come to us for private care, as well as patients from Russia, Greece and Malta.

They employ multi-national hospital staff, with many able to speak and understand Arabic and other languages. The hospital also provides a dedicated Arabic Advocate Service to support those choosing to come to The Royal Marsden for treatment or diagnosis. They also offer to put patients in touch with a translation service if it is required.

All staff at The Royal Marsden take part in cultural awareness training on a yearly basis to better understand the range of diverse needs patients from all ethnic backgrounds may have.

Multi-faith rooms are available at both the Chelsea and Sutton sites. Staff can also organise for local religious representatives to come and visit patients in their rooms or on their wards. A Halal menu is also available for in-patients.

In addition, taxis between the two hospital sites are organised at no extra cost for our private patients if they need to travel between Chelsea and Sutton for treatment or consultations. The hospital has excellent contacts with local hotels and serviced apartments in Sloane Square and the surrounding area where private patients can get preferential rates.

The Royal Marsden is also currently in the very early planning stages of developing an International Patient Centre at The Royal Marsden which will further enhance the facilities and services available to overseas patients.

Clinical trials

They carry out trials of promising new surgical, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, rehabilitation and nursing treatments. In the last year alone, they recruited over 4,000 patients to more than 450 clinical research projects to help improve treatment and outcomes for patients at The Royal Marsden and all over the world.

Contact The Royal Marsden for private cancer care in London

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Being referred

Whether you come to The Royal Marsden as a privately insured, sponsored or self-funding patient, you will need a referral from your GP or consultant.

If you need further information about being referred or private treatment at The Royal Marsdenplease contact:

Private Care Customer Services Team

The Royal Marsden 
Granard House
Fulham Road


Tel: +44 (0)20 7811 8278 (09:00 to 17:00, UK time)

Email:     private.patients@rmh.nhs.uk

Website: www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/private

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