Treatment

Our multidisciplinary team will meet to discuss the best treatment options for each patient in their care. They take into account all of the relevant factors affecting each patient, including the results of any tests and the patient’s general health.
Your Consultant will discuss the different treatment options available to you, taking into account your own preferences. You may find it helpful to bring a family member or friend with you when your treatment is being discussed.
Before you can make a decision about your treatment, you will be fully informed as to what each treatment involves, and we will always ask you for your consent before treating you.
During your appointment, you will have a chance to ask your Consultant questions about your treatment; therefore, you may wish to think about any questions you might want to ask before your appointment. Some people find it helpful to make notes before and during the consultation.

Our multidisciplinary team will meet to discuss the best treatment options for each patient in their care. They take into account all of the relevant factors affecting each patient, including the results of any tests and the patient’s general health.

Your Consultant will discuss the different treatment options available to you, taking into account your own preferences. You may find it helpful to bring a family member or friend with you when your treatment is being discussed.

Before you can make a decision about your treatment, you will be fully informed as to what each treatment involves, and we will always ask you for your consent before treating you.

During your appointment, you will have a chance to ask your Consultant questions about your treatment; therefore, you may wish to think about any questions you might want to ask before your appointment. Some people find it helpful to make notes before and during the consultation.

Surgery

  • Some types of cancer can be treated with surgery. If surgery forms part of your treatment, you will be admitted to hospital. Depending on the surgery you require, this may be as a day case patient, or for a longer inpatient stay.
  • Before your surgery, we will ask you to complete an online questionnaire, so that we can determine whether you are well enough for anaesthetic and surgery.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a broad term for the treatment of cancer with anti-cancer drugs. These are given to destroy or control cancer cells. Treatment may be given as a single drug or as a combination therapy. The aim of the treatment will depend on the type of cancer and how advanced it is. This will also dictate whether treatment is given to you as a day case patient or as an inpatient.

All patients are asked to attend for a pre-chemotherapy assessment with a specialist nurse. At this appointment, you will be given details of the methods of administration and possible side effects of the treatment.

Radiotherapy

The decision as to whether to use radiotherapy, and which type of radiotherapy to use, is made on a patient-by-patient basis. Different tumour types respond to radiotherapy in different ways, so all patients require an individualised treatment plan.

At London Bridge Hospital, we have access to state-of-the-art radiotherapy facilities across HCA’s other leading London hospitals. Your Consultant will see you in the outpatient facility before making arrangements for your treatment at the appropriate HCA Hospital.

Cancer information

A range of information relating to each patient’s cancer type and treatment is available, and will be given to the patient at appropriate times. All specific drug information is taken from Macmillan and The Royal Marsden.