The Teenage Cancer Trust Teenagers’ and Young People’s Cancer Service at University College Hospital is the main treatment centre for teenage cancer in London and the South East of England and is the largest teenage and young adult service in the country. With high levels of clinical expertise and a purpose built environment for teenagers, we are regarded as one of the best centres for teenage cancer care in the UK.
Our highly specialised service is dedicated to patients aged 13-18 years old who have been diagnosed with blood-related cancer such as acute leukaemia or Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is also one of the best centres for the treatment of teenagers with other non-malignant blood disorders including sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia.
Led by a team of expert consultants who specialise in the treatment of blood cancer (haematological malignancies) in teenagers, our unit treats patients from all over the world who travel to us for specialist cancer care.
We provide all aspects of state-of-the-art cancer care and are a highly specialist centre for specific treatments, including haemopoietic stem cell transplantation, radio-isotope therapy and CAR-T cells.
We have a dedicated team on hand 24 hours a day, led by expert consultants, many of whom are regarded as international leaders in their field. Together they form a multidisciplinary team (MDT), including clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, psychologists, psychotherapists and a psychiatrist, which meets regularly to review each patient’s tailored care plan which is regularly revised to meet individual medical needs.
Each patient has a named consultant who is in charge of their care and any recommendations for treatment. Our consultants work closely together with the wider team and there is continuous communication between them.
For our middle eastern patients, we also offer an advocacy service to help patients and their families navigate healthcare in London. Further information can be found on our international patients’ page.
Our clinical service is enhanced by exceptional clinical and translational research, based within University College London and the Institute of Child Health. We lead the way in Europe for CAR-T cell treatment research which includes therapy for childhood cancers.
Our dedicated inpatient and outpatient facilities have exceptionally well-equipped day rooms, kitchens, a gym, a school and relaxation rooms, where patients can feel at home or have friends and family to visit. Importantly, the units provide an environment where young people can meet others in a similar situation, build friendships and develop ways of coping with their disease.
Our private en suite patient rooms include an entertainment system for TV and gaming, and also have space for a parent or carer to stay.
UCLH works in partnership with other private healthcare providers, including HCA Healthcare (UK) which runs adult haematology and oncology services at University College Hospital, For further information about the adult cancer service, please visit the HCA (UK) website.