Our new, state-of-the-art Cancer Centre welcomed its first patients on 26 September 2016.
The new centre brings most of our cancer care under one roof, alongside ground-breaking research and clinical trials, helping us to improve cancer treatments and outcomes.
Why we built a new Cancer Centre
At Guy’s Cancer, our vision is to be "a world leader in caring for people with cancer – continuously innovating to improve the lives of our patients".
The new building was designed to help us deliver this vision through our three key aims to be:
- patient-centred – putting patients at the heart of our services so that they can access the best possible care and experience
- research-driven – helping our patients to benefit from cutting-edge research and the latest technologies
- clinically-led – our highly experienced staff strive to ensure that our cancer services are of the highest quality.
Treating more patients
The new Cancer Centre will help us to treat more patients with cancer – about 6,500 each year.
We will also be able to deliver more radiotherapy treatments, up from 47,500 to 80,000 per year.
Better, patient-centred care
With most of our cancer services under one roof and new, purpose-built facilities, patients will have a better, more seamless experience of care.
The centre also helps our clinical teams and researchers work more closely together and share information. Our cancer specialists can better support and manage rare conditions by working in the same building.
We aim to help patients receive treatment closer to home. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment will be provided for patients living in south east London at Guy’s Cancer at Queen Mary’s Hospital when our new centre in Sidcup opens in late 2016/early 2017. We also work closely with community based health, social care and voluntary services.
Better training and research
Alongside patient care, the new Cancer Centre is also a hub for Guy’s Cancer’s research and clinical trials. The hub is home to:
- biobank – the collection and storage of cancer tissue samples which can be used by researchers to understand how different cancers behave and develop better treatments
- bioinformatics – the application of computer science and IT to biology and medicines
- clinical trials activity – to better understand how effective new treatments and technologies are.
Watch our film
Watch our film about why we built the new Cancer Centre at Guy's.
Funding the new Cancer Centre
Largely funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Cancer Centre at Guy’s was made possible by a grant of £25 million from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and a £15 million grant awarded to King’s College London from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (managed by the Higher Education Funding Council) for a Research and Innovation Hub in the new centre.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has also provided a grant of £1.7 million for a visual and performing arts programme – no NHS funds have been spent on the arts.
Philanthropists from across the UK, US, Hong Kong and Singapore have so far donated a further £6m to the new Cancer Centre, including Dimbleby Cancer Care, who donated £2m and who provide an information and support service in the new building.
We are exceptionally grateful to the more than 3,000 generous patients, families, supporters and Trust staff who together raised an incredible £1.1million – by donating, running, cycling, climbing, abseiling, baking and dancing – to help make the Cancer Centre a reality.
Find out how you can support Guy’s Cancer and help our cancer patients receive the best possible care.
(Photo this page: Morley Von Sternberg.)