Treatment for cancer patients

As well as providing hospital-based cancer treatment and care for cancer patients local to Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, we provide specialist cancer treatment services to patients who live close to Finchley Memorial Hospital and Chase Farm hospital.

Cancer treatment services

  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Lower gastro-intestinal (colorectal and anal)
  • Oesophago-gastro cancer
  • Hepatopancreatobilary
  • HCC
  • Thyroid
  • Kidney (renal)
  • Neuro-endocrine tumours (NET)
  • Skin
  • Urology – prostate and bladder
  • Cancer of unknown primary 
  • Acute oncology service
  • Palliative care services

Facilities for in-patients

If you need to stay in hospital for a procedure or treatment you will usually stay on 11 East at the Royal Free Hospital, 11 East is a dedicated oncology ward with 17 beds; there are four dedicated single occupancy rooms for radioactive treatment.

Where will I have my treatment?

If you need to have chemotherapy or immunotherapy treatment, or other supportive treatments, these will usually be given at one of the trusts infusion suites at:

  • Finchley Memorial Hospital
  • Chase Farm Hospital
  • Royal Free 11east infusion suite (for clinical trials and chemo-radiotherapy patients)

More information on receiving anticancer treatment can be found on the 'Preparing for chemotherapy or immunotherapy treatment' page here

Radiotherapy treatment is given at the Royal Free Hospital.

Radiotherapy patients can download the following information sheet for more information on receiving IV contrast during a CT scan.

Acute oncology service

There is a dedicated Acute Oncology team based at the Royal Free and Barnet Hospital comprising consultants and clinical nurse specialists.  They provide specialist care for oncological emergencies and support to the other clinical teams.

If you need to be seen urgently, the acute oncology team may be able to see you for assessment without attending the emergency department. This is not a walk in service and is by appointment only. 

Advice for patients on treatment

If you are receiving treatment at the Royal Free Hospitals Trust and need urgent oncology advice regarding side effects please call: 0207 794 0500 bleep 2237.

If you need advice about your appointment date or time, please call either the secretary for your team or the out-patient booking department on: 020 7830 2084.

If you are calling for advice about your medication which is not for your cancer, please call the medicines information department on 020 7830 2983, Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm.

Counselling services for cancer patients at the Royal Free Hospital

The oncology counselling services at the Royal Free Hospital are available to both in-patients and out-patients. Cancer patients can be seen for cancer support as inpatients or outpatients. They can be contacted on ext 35395 or a referral form can be emailed to them by your team.

Find out more about the Macmillan Cancer Support Centres at all three hospitals in our trust.