We are a designated hospital (called a primary treatment centre) for a large number of children and young people diagnosed with a number of different cancers and blood disorders from a wide referral area. We have the largest Teenage Cancer Trust unit in the country. We provide regional cancer care with 70% of greater London teenage cancer cases managed here.
We operate as a unified cancer centre together with Great Ormond Street and collectively form the largest paediatric/adolescent oncology centre in Europe. This alliance allows for excellent patient care and the seamless and efficient transition of patients between services.
The clinical service is complemented by exceptional clinical/translational research within the University (UCL) and Institute of Child Health with research strengths in a number of areas including bone sarcomas, haematology and bone marrow transplantation. The opening of the new Institute of Cancer Biology on the campus strengthens the research and collaborative infrastructure and allows for greater opportunities in translational research.
Recently the new state of the art ‘University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre’ opened. Within this is a dedicated floor specifically designed for young people with cancer aged from 13 to 24 years. The floor has outstanding features including a unique treatment area and recreation area known as the Teenage Cancer Trust Hub.