Lewisham Hospital provides specialised cancer diagnosis,
treatment and care, and forms part of the South East London Cancer
Together with the South East London Cancer Network we are
developing pathways to improve cancer waiting times and
services. All members of the network work closely together to
ensure that suspected cancers are investigated promptly and
suitable courses of treatment are pursued. The cancer services team
works closely with colleagues in other disciplines throughout the
Trust to deliver patient-centred care.
The Cancer Services provided at UHL are:
- Upper GI
- Head and Neck
Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital also
joined forces in 2008 to support a major Government bowel cancer screening programme
aimed at saving thousands of lives.
The Trust also provides a community head and neck team, to
provide specialist advice, support and rehabilitation for people
who have head and neck cancer.
Breast Cancer Services
The Breast service is provided seamlessly by the Breast Unit Team
from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust (GSTFT) on the UHL
The women of Lewisham - including health professionals and
members of the public - have come together to share their
experiences of breast cancer, and raise awareness of the importance
of screening, and you can watch the
films about them here.
Complex surgery for rare tumour types such as Upper GI, Gynaecology
and Hepatobiliary is provided as required by Improvements in
Outcome Guidance (IOG) at designated sites across the South East
London Cancer Network (SELCN) e.g. GSTFT and King’s College
University Hospital Lewisham provides BCSH Level 2 Chemotherapy
services and is 100% compliant with standards for delivering
Intrathecal Chemotherapy. The Key Tumour types treated are
Haemato-Oncology, Colorectal and Lung.
With the relocation of the new expanded Chemotherapy unit in the
David Whitmore the capacity for delivering chemotherapy has
increased. This will enable more chemotherapy to be delivered
locally and the patient experience to be improved.
Uniquely Acute and Community Palliative Care are provided through
UHL, ensuring that patients are made as comfortable as possible and
that their pain is managed appropriately. We also work to support
their families and loved ones.