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Guy's Cancer is one of the UK’s leading providers of care and treatment for people with cancer.

Changing cancer care

  • Video transcript: Guy’s Cancer – changing cancer care

    Dr Majid Kazmi, clinical director: Guy's Cancer to me means the very best in cancer care delivered by world-leading clinical teams allied to cutting-edge research and all delivered in an uplifting environment has been designed by patients for patients.

    Patient: To have been listened to and this is the result, you know, I just find it overwhelming actually. To be part of the making of it, you know, and creating of it, that is impressive.

    Dawn Harper, head of nursing: Everything we do and all the decisions we've made about the way the Cancer Centre runs has been made with the patients in mind to make this is stress-free journey as possible.

    Patient: When I come into this building I get an amazing feeling that it's bright and light, it's welcoming. So sometimes when people are not at their very best and they come in here, they're going to be lifted.

    Kieron Boyle, chief executive, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity: There's such an exciting variety of art the Cancer Centre, right from the moment that you walk into the building. And for patients it can improve recovery it can reduce stress, it can even help you find your way around the building.

    Dawn Harper: So we've done away with floor number and instead we have Villages. So if you're coming for chemotherapy you're going to the Chemotherapy Village, if you're going for Radiotherapy you go to the Radiotherapy Village. We make it as simple as possible so there's no anxiety around finding the right Department.

    Neil Burley, radiotherapist: We have six brand-new radiotherapy machines in the Cancer Centre. They allow us to give more accurate treatment so fewer healthy cells are damaged and in some cases they allow us to give stronger doses. So our treatments are faster and safer. The whole environment is much better for our patients.

    Dawn Harper: Patients told us that going to the basement for their radiotherapy treatment wasn't ideal. We're the first centre in Europe to have radiotherapy above ground level in response to what they told us.

    Professor Vicky Goh, professor of cancer imaging at King’s College London: I think the Cancer Centre is a really super environment for a patient. In the Cancer Centre we have state-of-the-art imaging which means that we can really fulfil that aspiration of a world-class service.

    Dr Majid Kazmi: We're now seeing over six and a half thousand patients every year, and that number will continue to grow. We need to be able to offer them the highest quality of cancer treatment. In order to deliver world-class cancer treatment you need to have a combination of high quality clinical care, a great patient experience but also high-quality scientific research which underpins new treatments.

    Professor Peter Parker, head of cancer studies, King’s College London: What really excites me about the Centre the bringing together of our research along with our clinical treatment and that brings together a whole series of different skills the doctors and nurses, scientists together in one place. It just makes our research more efficient. It means that we can deliver new treatments in the clinic much more effectively.

    Louisa McDonald, clinical trials coordinator: Having research and clinical trials in the same building as treatment makes a real difference. It improves the patient experience, we're just upstairs if they need as we can pop down and answer any questions they might have, from a first consultation with the doctor or if they just nip into ask us something. We're always on hand for them.

    Dawn Harper: It's not just about medical treatment. Patients with cancer need lots of other support too. At the Cancer Centre we have a rehabilitation gym for patients in the recovery phase, we have a shop style fitting room for patients to get expert advice on wigs and head scarves. We also have Dimbleby Cancer Care who provide a fantastic service to patients.

    Patient: When I lost all my hair, I didn't have any hair and I wasn't feeling particularly wonderful about myself, I was able to go on a feel-good makeup makeover and they showed you how to, reinvent myself actually, so yeah it was really, really good!

    Dr Sue Smith, consultant clinical psychologist: Dimbleby Cancer Care offers a range of services including benefits advice and support, talking therapies for individuals, families, couples as well as group therapy programmes. We also offer complementary therapy and we also have an information support service that's led by a team of specialist nurses.

    Dr Majid Kazmi: We're looking at the whole patient journey. We're looking at diagnosis and making sure we get that done quickly and accurately, we're looking at offering the best treatments possible but recognising that patients have needs that go beyond just their cancer diagnosis and supporting all the way through their treatments and beyond.

    Louisa McDonald: Working in Cancer Centre is great because it just brings everybody together, it's such a nice environment to work in. It's so light and bright and airy and it's a much nicer place for the patients to be, nicer place the staff to work, so it's great.

    Patient: People treat you with respect, they treat you like you're normal because sometimes you go through one of the worst things here but people treat you with dignity. People will make you feel good and that's quite infectious really at the end of the day, and it rubs off. So to come have your treatment is just really amazing.

 

World-leading clinical care

Cancer specialist physiotherapist Faye Dickinson and patient Bill Curtis We are home to some of the best cancer specialists in the country, the very latest state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering treatments, thanks to our extensive research programmes.

We are also part of something much bigger. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is an internationally renowned healthcare organisation with expertise across the full range of medical care. If you need surgery, diabetes treatment or psychological support, we have specialists right here, on site, who can work as part of your cancer team.

For you, that means joined-up care, all in one place, for an all-round better experience of healthcare.

The best place for care

The new, state-of-the-art Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital brings most of our services under one roof, helping us to give our patients seamless care. The centre offers a welcoming, uplifting environment, designed with patients at its heart.

Innovations include locating the radiotherapy suites above ground level, so that the waiting area can be flooded with natural light, and different sized chemotherapy treatment areas to allow patients to choose from a large communal space or a more intimate and private space.

If you have any complications during your treatment, you can side-step A&E and be fast-tracked through our acute oncology assessment unit.

And if you need to stay overnight, you will come to one of our special cancer wards, run by specialist staff, with patients going through a similar experience to you.

Care that's made for you

At Guy's Cancer, we understand that cancer can affect you and your loved ones in many ways. 

Our experts will assess your medical needs and provide a package of care that works for you. We will also explore how cancer may affect your emotional, social and family life too. 

Patient lying on her side while nurse massages her backTo support you through cancer and beyond, our teams can offer psychological and emotional support. We also offer you and your carer high quality complementary treatments such as massage and counselling through our partner charity Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Through the innovative new Gordon Survivorship Centre, we can understand your individual needs after your treatment has finished and support you to live as healthily as possible.

For patients who need support as they approach the end of life, our specialist palliative care team can help to make every day count.

 
 

Contacts

Cancer Centre at Guy's reception:
Tel: 020 7188 7188 (ext 56805)
(8am-8pm, Monday to Friday)

Cancer helpline for our current patients:
0207 188 3754
(8.30am-6pm, Monday to Friday)

Our vision

To be a world leader in caring for people with cancer – continuously innovating to improve the lives of our patients