What is radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells. Treatment is safe, non-invasive and painless. Each treatment takes only a few minutes, usually given over a number of days or weeks as an outpatient.
Cancer Centre London provides a modern and advanced radiotherapy service for the treatment of all common cancers. We provide a high-quality, personalised service and carry no waiting lists for patients needing radiotherapy treatment.
Working with expert clinical oncologists, our team will provide you with the very best care. Our dedicated radiotherapy team (consisting of Consultant Clinical Oncologists, Radiographers, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals) provide a personalised and high-quality service, ensuring that the highest standards of patient care are maintained throughout the course of a patient’s treatment.
We offer radiotherapy treatments for patients with the following cancers:
Pioneering treatments: Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator
Cancer Centre London was the first private hospital to provide advanced heart sparing radiotherapy treatment using an Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator and Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC) with Response.
The Versa HD linear accelerator offers advanced radiotherapy techniques that enables high-precision treatment in managing a range of cancers in the head and neck, lung, breast and prostate. It has the ability to continually reshape the radiation beam to the fine contours of the tumour so a higher dose of radiotherapy can be delivered.
In addition, the department offers advanced breath hold radiotherapy for L sided breasts and lung cancers uses advanced automated software to treat left-sided breast cancer and lung cancers using ABC .The machine was designed in collaboration with clinicians, so it is finely-tuned to the patient’s needs.
The planning of a patient’s treatment involves creating a three-dimensional representation of the area to be treated using a CT scanner, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), if indicated, and advanced virtual simulation software. These various imaging modalities allow us to target cancers with radiotherapy treatment with far greater accuracy and improved effectiveness.
Cancer Centre London’s modern and high quality IGRT software allow soft tissue matching, giving us great confidence in ensuring that the target tumour volume is covered by the treatment beam, while sparing normal surrounding tissues. Radiotherapy patients have In-Vivo Dosimetry where the dose delivered is measured during treatment delivery.
If you have any questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Tattoo-less radiotherapy now available
New high precision equipment at Cancer Centre London (CCL) has removed the need for permanent tattoo markings on patients prior to radiotherapy treatment.
Historically, tattoo markings have been the only way to accurately position patients for treatment. Before radiotherapy treatment can begin, patients have a CT scan, which allows treatment to be planned. They are then tattooed with small dots to allow accurate positioning for that treatment to begin. For many women, these radiotherapy tattoos are a constant and permanent reminder of their treatment and can be psychologically damaging. Tattoos are also problematic for people whose religious beliefs do not permit permanent ink to be marked onto the skin.
Now however, for patients at CCL, a relatively new optical monitoring system called ‘AlignRT’ can provide a different method of positioning the patient, which does not rely on tattoos. Read more about tattoo-less radiotherapy at CCL here.
The choice to see who you want, when you want
We believe that our patients should have the choice the see the consultant they want to, and we will make sure we fit our specialist care around you.
Treatments are delivered by our experienced and dedicated multidisciplinary team in our peaceful, private and state-of-the-art facilities.
Whatever you choose, our expert team will support and guide you through your course of treatment, ensuring that you are fully informed about every aspect of your care. Find out more about the care we provide at CCL and our values here.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with one of our specialists, complete this form online or call 020 8247 3351.