The entire focus of our cancer unit, from the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to leading drug development and treatment options, is centred on the needs of the individual patient. Every case is different. In 2009 over £25m has been invested in the latest technology, making the Centre the most advanced private facility in Europe.
Our radiologists work with the latest imaging equipment - magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and computer tomography (CT) scanners which build a 3D image of the affected area - to detect and pinpoint the tumour very precisely so the treatment is extremely accurate. The Clinic now has two of the latest linear accelerators. These new "linacs" will be able to deliver radiotherapy treatment using RapidArc™ technology. This will reduce many treatments to just 2 minutes. The system will be functional in the near future.
The Harley Street Clinic also took delivery in 2009 of the UK's first CyberKnife® which targets previously thought inoperable tumours with sub-millimetre accuracy. Patients are not admitted as inpatients and can go home on the same day as their treatment.
The London Gamma Knife Centre which treats brain tumours has also moved to a new site at St Bartholomew's Hospital where a brand new unit houses the latest Gamma Knife® Perfexion technology. Gamma Knife treatment can also used for non-cancer cases.
Patients should be aware that neither CyberKnife nor Gamma Knife treatments involve the use of a "knife", rather they are direct methods of attacking tumours with radiotherapy.
The Clinic is also at the forefront of new cancer drug development and can source novel treatment options.
The whole patient
Yet our cancer care goes beyond clinical expertise. We also offer a full range of professional holistic services, from nutrition and dietary advice, to complementary therapies and specialist counselling.
We understand that a vital part of the patient's well-being and recovery depends on the care and support of their loved ones, which is why our counselling service is available to the patient's partner and family. This patient-focused approach, awarded Macmillan Cancer Support status, can help lead to a shorter stay and faster healing times.
Specialist Cancer Care
The Harley Street Clinic focuses on common tumour types such as breast, prostate, lung, colorectal and gynaecological. For rarer conditions which require more intensive treatment such as haematology and sarcoma, the Clinic has developed a specialist unit in partnership with University College Hospital in London called Harley Street at UCH. This enables the Clinic to treat the full spectrum of cancer cases and to offer comprehensive care for every type of tumour.