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Cancer Clinical Academic Group

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Working with our acute care, academic, general practitioner and community partners as well as the local population, we are developing and applying innovations in the discovery, development and delivery of new types of cancer care.

Our NHS trusts provide secondary clinical services to 1.6 million people in south east London and specialist services to the same population and beyond. Every year we see nearly 20,000 suspected cancer patients and treat more than 5,000 newly diagnosed patients.

Our range of specialist services includes Europe’s largest liver transplant centre, Europe’s largest blood sciences laboratory, the UK’s largest live kidney donor programme and one of Europe’s largest Bone Marrow Transplant Centres. Our work integrates psychiatric services and research, delivered by our mental health partner Trust South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Unique amongst cancer centres, we are also supported by the Cicely Saunders Institute - the world’s first institute of palliative care.

We are committed to being:

  • Patient-centred - patients are at the heart of our services with excellent access to, and experience of, care.
  • Research-driven - research is undertaken by experts with the latest technologies to bring new treatments from the laboratory to our patients, leading the way in the discovery of cause, prevention, treatment and cure for cancer. 
  • Clinically-led - innovations are developed in cancer management, which are driven by clinicians in collaboration with researchers, managers and patients.


Clinical Academic Group Leads:

Arnie Purushotham

Sean Whittaker 


You can view our outcome book here

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