About our cancer service

Oncology department provides high quality cancer services in 10 specialties: Breast, Head and Neck, Lung, Upper-Gastrointestinal (UGI), Hepato-Pancreatobilliary (HPB), Colorectal, Skin, Urology, Haematology and a Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit (POSCU).

We are part of the London Cancer Vanguard in partnership with UCLH- Cancer Collaborative and work closely with other London hospitals including Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. Our children's cancer services are provided in conjunction with Great Ormond Street and UCLH and run a successful cancer research and trials service.  

The hospital provides a wide range of diagnostic, surgical, radiotherapy and chemotherapy services.

We have the Helen Rollinson Cancer Support Centre which pre the pandemic provided complementary therapies and counseling.

Our Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is open Monday to Friday 10am–4pm and provides information, advice and support for patients, family, carers and friends. 

We have a purpose-built radiotherapy department and an integrated day chemotherapy suite. There is a dedicated oncology ward (Podium 1) which includes an inpatient radioiodine suite. 

What we offer

Radiotherapy and medical physics services

We provide a full range of the latest radiotherapy techniques having recently invested heavily in state-of-the-art linear accelerator technology. We provide image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT). These techniques utilise imaging to guide the precise and efficient delivery of radiotherapy. Find out more about our radiotherapy services.   

Oncology ward

We provide care for patients undergoing investigations and treatment for different forms of cancer the Podium 1 ward consists of 23 beds consisting of four 4 bedded bays and seven single room as well as a room where we support patient undergoing radioactive treatments.

The oncology ward has restricted visiting as per the Trust guidelines. 

Systemic anti-cancer services

We provide systemic anticancer treatments for adults and children, as inpatients on our dedicated ward or in our dedicated outpatient chemotherapy suite.

Our team has expertise in systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT), biological treatments and immunotherapy.

We also deliver supportive treatments for our cancer patients i.e. blood transfusions, bone supportive drugs

To find out more about cancer, treatments and research we would encourage you to visit the Cancer Research UK website.

Palliative medicine services

We provide palliative care services supported by a specialist team. 

Acute oncology service

The  Acute Oncology Service (AOS) is a nurse led service that provides a 24/7 telephone contact advice line for patients, carers and professionals. We support patients who receive a first diagnosis of cancer in the emergency setting or who present acutely unwell due to their disease. We also provide a service for cancer patients who present as an emergency with acute complications of non-surgical cancer treatment. There is an AOS team of consultants who will review inpatients within 24 hours of their admission.

Macmillan dietician services and SALT (speech and language therapy)

Our team of Macmillan oncology Dietitians and Dietetic support worker provide specialist dietetic advice and support to patients with a cancer diagnosis, both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Referrals are made using specific screening tools via the nurses or other healthcare professionals both on the ward and in clinics.

The specialist dietitians help to prevent and treat common nutritional symptoms that occur and provide individualised advice on how to maintain an optimal weight and diet during treatment and recovery. They also take part in delivering nutrition group talks for cancer patients who have completed treatment.

Macmillan Clinical Psychology service

The Macmillan Clinical Psychology Service offers one to one appointments for patients and carers. 

Talking therapy can help people living with cancer to make sense of their difficulties and learn more helpful ways of coping. Referrals to the service are accepted via the Oncology Team and Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre.

Complementary therapy services

The Helen Rollason cancer support centre helps patients emotionally and physically by providing complementary therapy services including massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. However due to the pandemic these services are currently on hold and will resume when it is safe to do so.

Outpatient nursing team and cancer nurse specialists (CNS) 

Our experienced outpatient nursing team supports the oncology and radiotherapy clinics and provide additional services to patients and follow-up visits.

Cancer research

We have an extremely successful cancer trials unit which works closely with the London Cancer Network and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

The team supports academic and commercial trials across a range of treatments.

Haemato-oncology and sickle cell 

We have a large haematology department and work closely with UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospital, where many of our team have joint posts.

We also have a MacMillan Radiographer who reviews and supports radiotherapy patients whilst on treatment.

Paediatric services

We provide a paediatric oncology shared care unit (POSCU) for young people aged 16 and under. We work closely with the principal treatment centre at University College London Hospital (UCLH). This service is run this service in conjunction with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Meet our team

Our clinical nurse specialists

The Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a Registered Nurse who is a clinical expert, working at an Advanced level within a specialty area of cancer.  You may also hear them referred to as your ‘Key worker’. The CNS is an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team involved in your care and will use their skills in cancer care to provide physical and emotional support, coordinate care services and to inform and advise patients and families on clinical as well as practical issues. The CNS will undertake a Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) and together with you create a care plan, focusing on you as a whole and not just your illness.  A CNS is allocated by the hospital usually at the point of diagnosis and will support you through treatment and beyond. The CNS can be contacted directly by mobile phone/text or email and usually work 9am-5pm.

Our CNS team

Nurse

Speciality

Millicent Blake-McCoy

Haemato-Oncology

Barbara Von Barsewisch

Haemato-Oncology

Kay Boyer

Uro-Oncology (Bladder/Kidney)

Margaret Awuah

Uro-Oncology

(Prostate)

Christina Birungi

Uro-Oncology

(Prostate)

Margaret Brown

Head and Neck & Thyroid

Celestina Bello

Lung

Siobhan Callan Kolthof

Lung

Judy Hill

Breast

Vacant

Breast

Susannah Day

Breast

Vacant

Upper GI

Jennifer O’Neil

Colo-rectal

Vacant

Colo-rectal

Monica Castro

Acute Oncology

Tony Ndlovu

Acute Oncology

Blessing Kamudyariwa

Chemotherapy

Our operational management team

  • Divisional director of clinical services
  • Divisional director of operations
  • Divisional head of nursing
  • Clinical director for oncology and palliative medicine
  • Clinical lead for oncology and palliative medicine
  • Clinical lead for radiotherapy
  • Clinical lead for chemotherapy
  • Head of radiotherapy
  • Head of medical physics
  • Macmillan lead nurse for oncology, palliative care and end of life care
  • Oncology and palliative medicine matron
  • Cancer services manager
  • Cancer service support manager
  • Oncology service support manager

Our consultant team

consultant team in oncology
Name Specialty Service

Dr Girija Anand

Breast & Lung

Clinical Oncology

Dr Olivia Chan

Skin, Lymphoma & AOS

Clinical Oncology

Dr Subhra Chowdhury

Lung

Clinical Oncology

Dr Venkat Gajapathy

Upper GI, Lower GI & AOS

Clinical Oncology

Dr Niraj Goyal

Breast, Thyroid & AOS

Clinical Oncology

Dr Nishi Gupta

Urology

Clinical Oncology

Dr Atia Khan

Head & Neck & Skin

Clinical Oncology

Dr Khurum Khan

GI, CUP & AOS

Medical Oncology

Dr Lucinda Melcher

Upper GI, Lower GI  & Urology

Clinical Oncology

Dr Alexandra Pender

Lung

Medical Oncology

Dr Fharat Raja

Breast & AOS

Medical Oncology

Dr Mausam Singhera

Urology & AOS

Clinical Oncology

Dr Anna Thompson

Head & Neck

Clinical Oncology

Dr Lai Cheng Yew

Breast & AOS

Clinical Oncology

Refer a patient

Local GPs, who need urgent advice when managing a patient with a cancer-related symptom, including any oncological emergency, can call our oncology hotline. 

All calls will be go straight to a member of the Oncology team, and can be put through to a Consultant Oncologist or other senior doctor who will be able to

  • Advise on the appropriate referral pathway; for any oncology related emergencies patient should go straight to local A&E, or can be booked in local trusts' fast track oncology appointment clinic slot
  • Triage to on-call Oncologist or referral to appropriate site-specific oncologist within the patient’s locality
  • Contact the patient’s nominated key worker (Mon-Fri 9am–5 pm)
  • Signpost to other appropriate services
  • Provide symptom management advice, if indicated, with referral to palliative care service

Macmillan cancer information and support service

Who we are

The Macmillan Cancer Support centre offers up-to-date, high quality information about cancer.  

Patients, relatives and carers who have questions about cancer, can talk face-to-face with an experienced cancer nurse in a relaxed and informal environment.

The centre offers information and support on specific cancers and their treatments and effects. 

The centre s managed by an experienced cancer nurse and is supported by trained volunteers.

What we offer

We are here for patients, family, friends, carers or anyone who is affected by cancer. You can drop in or telephone ahead to make an appointment. 

If you are worried about a cancer diagnosis or have questions about treatment, we can support you and help find the information you need. 

We offer information and support on specific cancers and their treatments and effects.

We can help with referrals to the Macmillan cancer advice bureau's welfare benefits service, provide advice on complementary therapies and information about local support groups.

We also welcome staff from the hospital who wish to provide information to patients.

What do people ask us? 

Some typical questions are: 

  • How can I get information about my cancer treatment?
  • What can I eat?
  • How can I get travel insurance?
  • What do I say to my friend who has cancer?

Where to find us

In the main building's atrium, level 2, next to the lifts.  

How to contact us

Drop in: we are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm (closed 12.30pm to 1.30pm for lunch). We are closed on bank holidays.

Call us: 020 8887 3992

If travelling any distance to see us, please telephone beforehand to arrange a time, as sometimes staff may be away from the centre seeing patients elsewhere. 

Outside the centre's opening times, if you have questions about cancer, you could call the free Macmillan Cancer Support line on 0808 808 0000 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).

Local community support

Nightingale Cancer Support

Emotional and psychological support, complementary therapies, group exercise classes, and general advice and information. Lancaster Centre, 53 Lancaster Road, EN2 0LA

 Tel: 0208 366 4333

www.nightingalesupport.org.uk

marian@nightingalesupport.org.uk (nurse)

SGV

Emotional support, complementary therapies, and information for people with cancer

Drop-in centre (every Tuesday afternoon): Harmony Hall, 35 Bigbury Close, Tottenham, London N17 8JQ

Postal address: SGV Cancer Support, 4 Creighton Rd, Tottenham, London N17 8NW

Tel: 07884 444 062

Email: info@sgvcancersupport.com

Cherry Lodge Cancer Support

Support and Information for anyone affected by cancer, home visits, befriending, complementary therapies, group activities and support groups.

Howard House, 23 Union Street, Barnet EN5 4HY

Phone: 0208 441 7000

Email: info@cherrylodgecancercare.org.uk

Enfield Carers Centre

Advocacy, befriending, benefits advice, bereaved carers group, counselling, meditation, GP and hospital liaison service

Britannia House, 137-143 Bakers Street, Enfield EN1 3JL

Tel: 0208 366 3677

Email: info@enfieldcarers.org

www.enfieldcarers.org

North Central London Buddies

For patients in Camden, Islington or Haringey, Macmillan buddies are trained volunteers who can offer a listening ear or helping hand to support a patient at home. Free, one to one support in the home, or a public place if you choose.

Your nurse or Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre can refer you

nlondonbuddies@macmillan.org.uk

07860 950 922

North London Hospice Enfield

Inpatient and homecare hospice teams providing specialist palliative care.

Café, complementary therapies, and support groups

By referral

110 Barrowell Green, London N21 3AY,

Tel: 0208 343 8841

Email: nlh@northlondonhospice.co.uk

www.northlondonhospice.co.uk

Enfield Counselling Centre

St Pauls Centre, 102a Church St,

Enfield EN2 6AR

Tel: 0208 367 2333

Email: ecs@onetel.com

www.enfieldcounselling.co.uk

Crossroads Care

Assistance and respite for carers over 18, overnight and palliative care service.

Community House, 311 Fore St, Edmonton N9 0PZ

Tel: 0208 3736210

Email: info@crossroads-leavalley.org.uk

Caring for Communities Choir classes, circuit classes and other activities for people living with cancer and beyond.

Tel: 0208 365 5138

Hail

Dedicated carers support, with a drop in at Tottenham Town hall 10.30am-1pm every Tuesday.

Tel: 0208 275 6550 

www.hailltd.org/carers

Saracens Sport Foundation, Allianz Park

A range of activities throughout Barnet for over 55s including gardening projects, dance classes to stay active, and Nordic walking groups.Tel: 0203 675 7244

The Bridge Renewal Trust

Home from hospital service, over 50 discharge North Middlesex Hospital for Haringey residents. Up to four weeks practical support at home, and check and chat service.

The Chestnuts Community Centre, 280 St Ann’s Rd, London N15 5BN

Tel: 0208 442 7651

Email: bridge@nhs.net

www.homefronhospital@bridgerenewaltrust.org.uk

Barnet and District Cancer Link

Support, counselling, meetings, telephone service, complementary therapies, drop-in Wednesday 1.30pm-4pm

Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, 82 Union Street, Barnet, Herts EN5 4HZ

Abbey: 0208 343 1993

Eve: 0208 446 2104

www.barnetanddistrictcancerlink.co.uk

Barnet Citizens Advice Bureau Macmillan Service

Advice and information:

Chase Farm Hospital, Barnet General Hospital, North London Hospice, North Middlesex Hospital, and Cherry Lodge. Phone individual centres for dates and times or contact Citizend Advice Bureau directly on:

Tel: 0208 440 4227

Email: infomacmillan@barnetcab.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service - Barnet Hospital

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet Hospital,
Wellhouse Lane, Barnet EN5 3DJ
Tel: 0208 216 4142

Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service - Whittington Hospital

General cancer information and emotional support. Some support groups and art therapy and writing therapy.  Main Entrance, Whittington Hospital, Magdala way, N19 5NF

Contact: Tracey Palmer

Phone: 0207 288 5305

Barnet Carers Centre

3rd Floor, Global House, 303 Ballards Lane, North Finchley N12 8NP

Tel: 0208 343 9698

Email: admin@barnetcarers.org

www.barnetcarers.org

Sunflower Cancer Support Group

Monthly support meetings for people affected by cancer

The Annunciation Centre, 4 Thirleby Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware HA8 0HQ

Tel: 07514 230 484

www.sunflowercancersupprt.co.uk

The Counselling Foundation

Counselling in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire:

Bedford, Broxbourne and Ware, Luton, St Albans, Stevenage.

Foundation Office and Training Centre

1College Yard, Lower Dagnall St, St Albans AL3 4PA

Tel: 01727 868 585

Email: foundation@counsellingfoundation.org

Macmillan CAB Welfare Benefits and Money Advice Service for Hertfordshire

The service currently provides telephone advice, home visits and appointments at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, QE11 Hospital, Welwyn Garden City and Watford General Hospital. Appointments are also available at Garden House Hospice, Grove House, Hospice of St. Francis and the Peace Hospice.

The Vanstone Suite, Community Centre, The Vanstone Suite, Allum Lane, Elstree, Herts, WD6 3PJ

Janet Scott on 030 3313 1313

macmillanproject@hertsmerecab.org.uk

Carers in Hertfordshire

Information and support all ages, young carers council 8-18years included

The Red House,

119 Fore St, Hertford SG14 1AX

Tel: 01992 586 969

Email: contact@carersinherts.org.uk

www.carersinherts.org.uk

Brafternoon

Support network for women with cancer

10am-12noon Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Essex, CM17 0ET

Tel: 07703 254 001/ 07717 895 533

www.brafternoon.co.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire

Free information and advice to anyone who has been affected by death. Volunteers provide support on a one to one basis.

Adult helpline: 01707 278 389

Children’s and Young People’s Helpline: 01707 264 293

Email: office@cruse-hertfordshire.org.uk

Helen Rollason Hertfordshire Cancer Support Centre

Support centre offering complementary therapies, counselling and support groups

Thomas Rivers Wing, The Rivers Hospital, High Wych Rd, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire CM21 0HH

Tel: 01279 602 667

www.helenrollason.org.uk

Herts Mind Network

Lets Talk Counselling service.

Locations in Hemel Hempstead, Ware, Bishop’s Stortford, Waltham Cross, Watford, Boreham Wood and Watford.

Tel: 08444 772 212

Email: info@hertsmindnetwork.org

www.letstalk.org.uk 

Support for children and young people

Teens Unite

Charity aiming to improve lives of young people aged 13-24 years with cancer and other life limiting illness. Runs regular fun days out such as concerts, art and beauty workshops and football matches.

Opportunities to gain life and career skills.

Specialist respite centre.

Tel: 01992 440091

Email: info@teenunitefightingcancer.org

www.teenunitefightingcancer.org

CLIC Sargent

Packages of care for children with cancer and their families.

Help, advice and information.

Tel: 0300 330 0803

www.clicksargent.org.uk

DAZU

A charity that provides a range of recreational activities for young people under 18, living in Enfield. Young carer’s project, counselling, and advocacy service.

The Ark, Unit 1, Marsh House, 500 Montagu road, Edmonton N9 0UR

Tel: 0208 373 2720

Email: dazu22@yahoo.com

Web: www.dazu.co.uk

Don’t Forget the Kids

Support group for children whose parents are coping with cancer

Broadwaters Childrens Centre, Adams Rd, London N17 6HE

Tel: 07506307173

Email: dontforgetthekidsuk@gmail.com

Web: www.dontforgetthekidsuk.org

Open Door

Young people’s counselling service ages 12-16 living in Haringey

 Monday-Thursday 9am – 6pm

Crouch End,12 Middle Lane N8 8PL

Tel: 0208 348 5947

Haringey Young Carers Project

For 5-18 year olds who are carers.

Kids time workshops, liaising with parents, advice, advocacy service

Tel: Selina Harriott 07971308891 Email: Selina.Harriott@haringey.gov.uk

www.youthspace.haringey.gov.uk/young-carers-project

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice (0 – 19yrs)

3 Beauchamp Place, Victors Way, Barnet, EN5 5TZ

Tel: 020 8449 8877

www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire

Free information and advice to anyone who has been affected by death. Volunteers provide support on a one to one basis.

Children’s and Young People’s Helpline: 01707 264 293

Talking with your Child about Cancer

London Cancer, UCLH Cancer Collaborative and Fruit Fly Collective film about on YouTube about talking to children about cancer.

www.fruitflycollective.com

www.londoncancer.org 

Macmillan Cancer Support Line

General Information and emotional support: 0808 808 0000

Lines open Monday-Sunday 8am-8pm

Welfare Benefits and Financial advisers, cancer nurse advisers.

Willow Foundation

Organise special events for people 16-40 with life threatening conditions

Willow House, 18 Salisbury Square, Hatfield AL9 5BE

Tel: 01707 259777

www.willowfoundation.org.uk

The Haven

Support for anyone affected by breast cancer

Effie Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1TB

Tel: 02073840099

Email: info@thehaven.org.uk

Walking for Health

England-wide network to get people walking for health

Ramblers association and Macmillan

Tel: 0207 339 8541

Email: walkingforhealth@raqmblers.org.uk

www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder

Health Trainers

Enfield and Haringey support for healthier lifestyles such as eating, drinking, being more active

Tel: 0208 379 5269

Email: health.trainers@enfield.gcsx.gov.uk

www.haringey.gov.uk

Breast Cancer Care

Information and support for people with breast cancer. Wellbeing events.

Tel: 0345 0771893

Email: movingforward@breastcancercare.org,uk

www.breastcancercare.org.uk

The Grove Bournemouth

A unique hotel for cancer patients and those with life threatening illness, provides support and nursing

2 Grove Rd, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AU

Tel: 01202552233

Email: enquiries@thegrovebournemouth.co.uk

www.thegrovebournemouth.co.uk

Chai Cancer Care

Jewish Community’s cancer care support organisation

North West London (Also Essex, Hackney, Southend, South London)

Chai Cancer Care Centre, 142-146 Great North Way, London NW4 1EH

Tel: 0208 202 2211

Helpline: 0808 8084567

www.chaicancercare.org

Tackle

National federation of prostate cancer support groups

www.tackleprostate.org.uk

Prostate Cancer UK

Information and research into prostate cancer

http://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us

The Friends of Prostate Sufferers (FOPS)

Support groups and information for prostate cancer patients and relatives.

Tel: Dennis and Gabrielle 02923 286804

Email: info@thefops.org.uk

www.thefops.org.uk

Shine Cancer Support

Network of cancer support for young adults

www.Shinecancersupport.co.uk

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Information, support groups, helpline, and patient grants

Tel: 03333237200

Email: info@roycastle.org

www.roycastle.org

British Lung Foundation

Research and information on lung conditions

www.blf.org.uk

Compassion in Dying

Support and information about end of life choices and rights

Tel: 0800 999 2434

www.compassionindying.org.uk

Marie Curie

Care and support for terminal care, CNS, hospices, information, helper volunteers

Support Line: 0800 500 1210North London Helpers: 0800 3047408

www.mariecurie.org.uk

Good Gym

For over 60s requiring practical help e.g.: gardening, moving furniture, cleaning windows. Runners visit.

Tel: 0203 432 3920

www.goodgym.org

Ellie’s Friends

Discounts and free products to people with cancer.

www.Elliesfriends.org

Trekstock

Charity providing support, physical activity programmes and social activities for young adults ages 18-30 with cancer.

Tel: 0207 439 8607

www.trekstock.com

Age UK London

Charity supporting Londoners over the age of 50 to improve their quality of life and live well. Age UK London, 6th Floor, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA.

Tel: 0207 820 6770

Email general@ageuklondon.org

www.ageuk.org.uk/london/