Cancer Centre at London’s Bupa Cromwell Hospital: Private cancer treatment in London
Bupa Cromwell Hospital is internationally recognised as a
centre of excellence in the treatment of cancer, with patients visiting the hospital
from all over the world.
Bupa Cromwell Hospital was
the first centre in the UK to install the revolutionary TomoTherapy Hi Art
System and offer IMRT and IGRT as routine for many cancers.
The Hospital has specialist teams of doctors who work
together in a multi-disciplinary approach to manage often complex cancers. They
offer each patient – adult or child – the most appropriate treatment to enable
less radical surgery, better results and a shorter hospital stay.
You will find a friendly, safe and comfortable environment,
with a full range of specialist
clinical support services including counselling, complementary therapies
and their lymphodema service.
Cancer diagnosis at Bupa Cromwell Cancer Centre
This range of diagnostic equipment is vital as more than one
type of imaging technique is often needed for proper diagnosis. Diagnostic
imaging has now become so complex and specialised that the Bupa Cromwell Cancer
Centre has formed a substantial team, including over 25 radiologists, who
perform and interpret a varied range of examinations and diagnostic techniques.
See diagnostic equipment for
information about the range of diagnostic tools available at the Bupa Cromwell
The hospital has a state-of-the-art PET/CT
scanner called the GEMINI™ "time of flight". This unique scanner
merges two types of images, allowing doctors to detect cancer and pinpoint its
exact location in the body. As well as detecting cancer at its primary site it
is also able to detect if the cancer has spread to bone, liver or lymph nodes
close by. Cancer may spread into tissues where it can be seen by PET, but not
by CT or MRI scans.
Read more about PET scans at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
In 2011 the Cromwell
installed one of the first high definition, low radiation CT scanners in
London. It can carry out a full body scan in just 10 seconds providing high
definition imaging in 4D enabling doctors to see small vessels as thin as a
human hair, in any part of the body, and make a quicker diagnosis.
Read more about CT scans at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
The hospital recently
installed the UK's first private 'ambient experience' MRI Scanner. This enables
patients to choose their own music, lighting and wall images, helping to create
a calming effect and possibly eliminate the need for a general anaesthetic for
Read more about MRI scans at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
Other diagnosis methods:
Gamma camera: The gamma camera detects radioisotopes which
are injected intravenously providing functional imaging of the body. It is a
highly specialised procedure invaluable for locating secondary tumour sites
(metastases) not visible by other imaging methods.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound uses ultra high frequency sound waves
and is useful in diagnosing cancer of the liver, pancreas, kidneys, ovaries,
prostate and breast.
Plain radiography and mammography: Plain radiography allows
the detection of malignant abnormalities throughout the skeleton. Chest X-rays
allow the examination of the lungs and heart, while mammography is an
established method of identifying breast cancer.
Barium techniques: Barium meals and enemas are performed to
identify structural abnormalities throughout the gastrointestinal tract
allowing the detection of cancers.
Cancer treatment in London
New developments and new
ways of treating cancer are being discovered. Bupa Cromwell Hospital Cancer
Centre is committed to remaining right at the forefront of private cancer
treatment in the UK.
Gamma Knife Surgery
Gamma Knife Surgery or
Radiosurgery is recognised worldwide as an accepted treatment for various brain
tumours, including; cancer metastases
in the brain; benign tumours such as meningiomas,
neuromas, pituitary tumours and other head
and neck tumours. Radiosurgery can also be used to treat trigeminal
neuralgia and vascular
malformations in the brain. One of the many benefits is that It enables
neurosurgeons to treat many brain tumours that would otherwise be inaccessible
for treatment. The first London Gamma Knife was installed at the Bupa Cromwell
Hospital Gamma Knife Centre in 1998. Since that time they have successfully
treated over 2,000 patients.
Read more about gamma knife surgery at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
The TomoTherapy Hi·Art
System® is a new, revolutionary way to treat cancer with radiation. Using this
system the physician can check the location of a patient's tumour before each
treatment, then deliver painless and precise radiation therapy based on a
carefully customised plan. The TomoTherapy Hi·Art System delivers a very
sophisticated form of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT).
Read more about TomoTherapy at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
The Radiotherapy Department
has a team of over 25 radiologists to read and interpret the varied range of
diagnostic scans, as well as other cancer related specialists including: dermatology, gastroenterology and respiratory medicine
Sentinel Node Biopsy
This represents a considerable
advance in breast cancer management to enable therapeutic decisions to be
tailored to individual patients.
the intravenous use of drugs to destroy cancer cells. The type of chemotherapy
treatment given for cancer depends on many things, particularly the type of
cancer. Often chemotherapy is used in conjunction with surgery and/or
The Chemotherapy Day Unit at the Bupa Cromwell
provides outpatient treatment from a dedicated team of nurses using the latest
Read more about chemotherapy at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
Specialists in cancer treatment
The Cancer Centre at Bupa
Cromwell Hospital prides itself on having highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary
teams of surgeons and oncologists capable of treating a wide range of cancers.
Many of their consultants are drawn from the major London teaching hospitals
and have considerable experience in their particular area of expertise. The
clinical and nursing staff work as part of a multi-disciplinary team ensuring
that each patient receives the finest care and a comprehensive and personal treatment
Specialist clinical support services
A full range of support
services including counselling and complementary therapies means the hospital
is able offer a holistic approach to cancer treatment.
Contact details / downloads
Macmillan Counselling Service
Support is available for not only patients but also family members and carers.
+44 (0)20 7460 5625
Offers specialised treatment for the management of lymphoedema.
+44 (0)20 7460 5749
Breast Care Nurse
The hospital employs a fully trained breast care nurse consultant to offer support and advice.
+44 (0)20 7460 5890 or
+44 (0)20 7460 2000 bleep 21
As part of your treatment plan, the hospital offers complimentary massage sessions. Massage can be helpful for people undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy to relax, alleviate tension and stress, and improve body comfort.
+44 (0)20 7460 5749
Nutrition and Dietetic Service
Their qualified dieticians advise on the appropriate dietary requirements of cancer patients.
+44 (0)20 7460 5566
Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse
Offers advice and help with pain and symptom management issues. Long term support arrangements and referrals to community teams.
+44 (0)20 7460 5992 ext 7151
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
They have a specialist oncology physiotherapist available for both inpatient and outpatient appointments. Rehabilitation programmes are tailored to suit individual needs by the appropriate specialist therapist and are available at any stage of your cancer treatment and recovery.
Their occupational therapists can assess the home environment to ensure a smooth transition from the hospital to the home. Additionally they can assist in organising care in the community should this be required.
+44 (0)20 7460 5749