How can we find the future cure for cancer? How can we get more people in clinical trials? How do we get new treatments to patients faster?
People with cancer are already facing the battle of their lives; we want to make their journey as straightforward as possible. By bringing together a multidisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and academics, King’s Health Partners (KHP) are focused on understanding cancer in order to develop more effective, personalised treatments to benefit patients in London, the UK and the rest of the world.
Clinical cancer studies within KHP benefit from access to a local population of 1.6 million people with a significant ethnic spread and diverse socio-economic characteristics. Studies on a very large scale, or of rare cancers, which could not be considered elsewhere, may be undertaken due to the size and diversity of this population. KHP benefits from an extensive breast cancer biobank which has thousands of tissue samples collected since 1975.
With 250 researchers, the fastest-growing academic oncology unit in the UK is to be found within KHP’s Integrated Cancer Centre. It has an international reputation for significant research contributions in the fields of breast cancer, skin cancer, haemato-oncology, palliative care, cell biology, imaging and epidemiology.
The Cancer Treatment Centre at Guy’s Hospital, due to open in 2015, will transform cancer treatment in south east London by radically re-thinking the patient experience. The Centre will be a catalyst for innovation in healthcare, combining first-class clinical care with ground-breaking research.
As part of our focus on speeding up the translation of scientific discovery to treatments for patients we will increase the number of patients on clinical trials. Oncology and Haematology Clinical Trials at Guy’s and St Thomas' and King's College Hospital currently have 160 active clinical trials in place. Trials are crucial in developing future treatments and increase available treatment options.
People with cancer don’t have time to wait for new medicines; with your help we can get new treatments out of the lab and to patients faster.
King’s Health Partners (KHP) is an Academic Health Sciences Centre comprised of leading NHS Foundation Trusts King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley along with academic partner King’s College London. It is one of only five such centres in the UK.
Interview with Professors Arnie Purushotham and Peter Parker from the ICC
Integrated Cancer Centre website
King's Health Partners website