Cancer services


Cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Royal Free London

Oncology is the branch of medicine dedicated to cancer diagnosis and treatment. At the Royal Free London, we refer to these services as cancer services. Cancer services deal with identifying different the cancer types a person may have and the therapy or cancer treatments patients require, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

The oncology and cancer treatment services at Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital work in partnership with our neighbouring radiotherapy and oncology centres to provide the very best treatments and technologies to care for cancer patients.

At the Royal Free London we are continually looking at how we can improve the medical treatment and healthcare of cancer patients, and make best use of the medical staff and cancer treatment facilities we have. 

Cancer care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that includes oncologists, other doctors, nurses, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, and administrative staff. 

Your cancer pathway support guide

The guide is for people who are referred on a suspected cancer pathway or who have been diagnosed with cancer. It provides key questions and signposts to information for people to ask of their health care team. The questions span the whole cancer pathway so patients can use it at any stage they need or come across it. The guide has been designed for use by patients and/or their carers. 

Access the cancer pathway support guide

The cancer pathway support guide is provided by the North Central London Cancer Alliance.


Do you have an appointment?

Find your ward

  • Royal Free Hospital

    The oncology outpatient department (Cancer services) is located on the ground floor opposite the blood room straight on from the main lifts.

    To check the time of your appointment please use the patient portal or contact your clinicans secretary – details can be found here.

    The oncology inpatient ward is 11 east on the 11th floor of the hospital.

    You can contact the ward by calling: 020 77940 500 extension 33911

    For up to date guidance for visitiors, click here.

    For any other enquiries, email:

  • For GPs

    If you have a patient under the care of the Royal Free and would like advice about their management please call 020 7794 0500 bleep 2237.

    For patients

    If you are receiving treatment at the Royal Free Hospitals Trust and need urgent medical advice please call 020 7794 0500 bleep 2237.

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Referral details

We accept referrals from GPs and hospital specialists. We also have a large tertiary referral practice dealing with patients from the UK and other countries.

Tel: 020 7433 2973/2974

Tests to do before you refer to the hospital


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