Radiotherapy 

The radiotherapy department is equipped with the latest radiation technology including:  Five Varian linacs – four with on-board imaging facilities and each with multi-leaf collimation  (MLC) and portal imaging.  CT simulator with advantage sim software, Orthovoltage treatment unit, HDR brachytherapy theatre.

As a state-of-the-art department, we deliver a wide range of specialist and cutting-edge treatments that include paediatrics and adolescents, total body irradiation, brachytherapy, chemo-radiation and sealed and unsealed radioactive source work to name but a few. Our treatments utilise all aspects of modern radiation technology including On-Board Imaging (OBI), portal imaging and anatomy matching, multi-leaf collimation, AdvSim and MRI/PET/CT image fusion. We provide Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and have developed Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT).

We have also treated patients from October 2009 with volumetric arc therapy. This delivers IMRT radiotherapy very quickly  - up to 8 times more quickly than conventional methods.

A new state-of-the-art TrueBeam Linear Accelerator has been installed at UCLH and is now in operation.

There are three short films on this page that give an introduction to radiotherapy at UCLH. These films demonstrate radiotherapy treatments to the head and neck area.

We treat all areas of the body. Please contact us if you require further information.

Conditions treated

Our patients benefit from the following:

  • UCLH is a supraregional centre for bone tumour
  • North Central London and West Essex Cancer Commissioning Network centre for gynaecological cancers and head and neck cancers
  • Largest paediatric and young adult centre for radiotherapy in the UK and we work closely with Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Innovative radionuclide treatments for rare cancers like neuroendocrine tumours
  • High dose rate interstitial brachytherapy for prostate cancer which is carried out in the dedicated implant theatre suite in the radiotherapy department. The brachytherapy service encompasses a wide range of tumour sites.

Service statistics

We see approximately 2,000 patients per year and all radical patients are treated within 31 days.

Patient support services

We have a Macmillian Information and Support Radiographer and a team of specialist nurses and radiographers who support the patients through their radiotherapy treatment pathway.

Patient aftercare

Patients are able to contact the department by telephone or email after their treatment finishes. All patients are seen in a clinic either at UCLH or their referring local hospital, by the oncology consultant and their team.

Dr Yen-Ching Chang Cancer services at UCLH, Radiotherapy
Dr Mark Gaze Cancer services at UCLH, Children and young people's cancer services, Radiotherapy
Dr Heather Payne Uro-oncology , Radiotherapy
Dr Mary McCormack Gynaecological oncology, Radiotherapy
Dr Naomi Fersht Neurology and neurosurgery, Radiotherapy, Neuro-oncology (brain tumour unit)
Prof Jeffrey Tobias Breast cancer, Gynaecological oncology, Radiotherapy

 Contact details

Radiotherapy
Basement
235 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BU

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 3700 / 020 3447 3701

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 3700 / 020 3447 3701
Fax: 020 3447 9085
Email: julia.solano@uclh.nhs.uk

Other information
Opening times: 8.15am - 6pm

 Consent form

Our doctors have made a dramatic advance in the treatment of breast cancer.

 Radiotherapy patient leaflets

 Useful links

 Patient testimonials

"I underwent seven and half weeks of radiotherapy at UCLH. It is difficult to express in words how impressed I was by the staff in the radiotherapy department. Throughout the period of treatment the members of staff were considerate, welcoming, and inspired confidence. They are a remarkable, caring and inspiring group and I think UCLH should be proud of them."