Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
The Royal Free London is part of the North Central London Cancer Alliance and we run a prostate cancer service from Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital.
We also work closely with North Middlesex Hospital, a collaboration that leads to better services for local people.
The prostate cancer service provides radiotherapy at these four hospitals.
As part of the University College London Hospital (UCLH) cancer centre, patients can receive treatment such as robotic surgery, focal cryotherapy (a treatment that uses extreme cold to destroy cancer cells) and high-dose brachytherapy (a type of radiotherapy where radiation is used to destroy cancer cells).
If low-dose brachytherapy is needed, patients are referred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Our urologists, oncologists and specialist nurses work as a team to ensure that patients receiving treatment at UCLH continue to have follow-ups at their local hospital.
For many men with prostate cancer, no treatment will be necessary.
For men with low-volume, low-grade disease, they may be offered the option of active surveillance. Active surveillance will mean keeping an eye on the cancer and starting treatment only if the cancer shows signs of getting worse or causing symptoms.
Patients are referred to the service via the cancer two-week wait referral pathway. Referrers should email rf-tr.
There are men’s cancer sessions held at the Maggie’s Centre, which is on the Royal Free Hospital campus in Rowland Hill Street, NW3 2PF. These are held on Fridays at 1pm. Please call 020 3981 4840 for more information.
There is also a men’s cancer group at Cherry Lodge, Union Street, Barnet, EN5 4HY. Please call 020 8441 7000 for more information.