HOW CAN A CITY LIKE LONDON HELP WITH CANCER?
It can be our multicultural, living laboratory.
The location of our cancer programme makes a big difference to our research. Our hospitals in south-east London serve an incredibly diverse urban population – we treat people who originate from virtually every community and corner of the world.
This diversity gives us the opportunity to run studies on a very large scale, or of rare cancers, which could not be viable elsewhere.
One major objective of the World questions|King’s answers campaign is to realise the potential of having this varied ethnic patient population through a step change in trial activity.
Our local community also has unmet needs in cancer services. Our hospitals’ local catchment area has a population of around 1.6 million, which translates into around 6,500 new cancer diagnoses each year.
In four of the six boroughs we serve, people are suffering and dying from cancer at a higher than national average. South-east London is also predicted to have the largest growth in cancer patients in London: the number of cancer cases is estimated to grow by 16 per cent over the next ten years.
With sufficient funding in place, we can increase patient participation in clinical trials from 12 per cent to 30 per cent. Currently, we have 160 active clinical trials. We expect to increase that number significantly in our new Cancer Centre, which means better outcomes for patients and rapid roll-out of new treatments to help treat as many people as possible.