Chemotherapy and systemic anti-cancer therapy

The most advanced treatments as well as support for your emotional and psychological wellbeing, all under one roof

Care without exception

At GenesisCare, our medical oncology centres offer all available types of systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACTs) – including chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapies. We invest in the latest equipment and have expert teams so we can offer many of the most advanced treatments that have been shown to be effective in clinical studies safely and comfortably.

Very few private cancer care providers can offer such wide access to treatments under one roof, GenesisCare is uniquely positioned to offer a wide range of treatments, so you don’t have to travel elsewhere to get the care you need.

Our teams of expert nurses and pharmacists are highly trained in using these specialist medicines and helping you get the best possible outcome from your treatment. We tailor treatments to you, and your care team will carefully monitor and support you as you progress through your therapy.

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State-of-the-art facilities

We use the latest technologies, including smart infusion pumps to safely manage and monitor all your treatments, so there's more time focused on you.

Macmillan accredited centres

Each of our medical oncology centres has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environmental Mark recognising our dedication to providing high-quality cancer services.

Highly trained teams

We’re proud of our expert nurses, doctors, pharmacists and administrators that make up our skilled multidisciplinary team, and our supportive 24-hour emergency telephone line.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a type of anti-cancer drug treatment used to kill cancer cells. These drugs are toxic to cells (cytotoxic) and disrupt how the cancer cells divide and grow, aimed at stopping them from spreading throughout the body. At GenesisCare we also offer treatments that may not be commonly available at other private centres such as intravesical chemotherapy for bladder cancer.

Targeted therapy

Targeted (biological) therapies are a specialised group of drugs that attack or block specific processes in cancer cells. There are several types of targeted therapy, but they all work by targeting genes or proteins responsible for cancer growth and cancer cell survival.

Types of targeted therapies include:

  • Monoclonal antibodies – these work by encouraging the immune system to attack cancer cells
  • Angiogenesis inhibitors – these stop cancers from growing blood vessels
  • Proteasome inhibitors – these change the proteins within cancer cells to kill them
  • Signal reduction inhibitors – these work by blocking the chemical signals that tell cancer cells to grow and divide

Hormone therapy

Hormone therapy focuses on the hormones that some cancers need to grow. The treatment works by either stopping or reducing how much your body makes of a particular hormone or blocks the hormone from acting on cancer cells. It’s also called endocrine therapy and is a common treatment for breast and prostate cancers.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is the collective name for a group of medicines that use your immune system to fight cancer cells. These drugs do not directly affect the tumour but instead help your body’s immune system recognise and fight tumours.

Monoclonal antibodies

Monoclonal antibodies work by recognising and attaching to special proteins found on the outside of cancer cells. Once attached, they can either trigger your immune system to attack the cancer cells or block the processes the cells need to grow or survive. So they can also be classed as immunotherapy or targeted therapy, depending on how they work.

A caring, professional nursing team

At GenesisCare, you’ll be under the dedicated care of our nursing team who are experts in cancer treatments. They’ll get to know your needs, concerns and preferences, and tailor your care around you. Our patients often say how important this relationship has been to them during their care with us.

At your first appointment you’ll be given your nursing team’s dedicated 24 hour telephone number enabling you to call them directly should you need emergency support and/or advice during your treatment.

Our nursing teams have all had extensive training and experience at leading cancer centres so they have the most up-to-date knowledge of the many types of cancer treatment, including how to administer them and how to manage side effects. Each nurse has special training in connecting with and supporting people going through a lifechanging experience like cancer. They can share their years of experience and knowledge to help in every way they can, compassionately and sensitively.

 

Our nursing team’s comprehensive training and skills include:

  • The Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapies (SACT) Competency Passport, a programme run by the UK Oncology Nursing Service (UKONS). This gold standard achievement shows that our nurses have the competence and knowledge to work in the most advanced medical oncology centres
  • Specialist training to ensure careful and accurate placement of cannulas and central venous access devices (such as an implanted port), which are often used to deliver cancer medicines directly into your body
  • Highly experienced with in-clinic procedures such as blood tests, blood transfusions, monitoring and assessing side effects
  • Our nurses are skilled at addressing any concerns or symptoms you may be having, recognising any problems quickly and referring you to immediate care when needed

More than treating your cancer

At GenesisCare, we understand that cancer is life-changing. Our commitment is to help you meet the emotional and psychological challenges in the most positive way possible.

That’s why we provide exercise medicine through our trained physiotherapists at selected centres. This is a proven approach that can improve treatment tolerance and reduce cancer-related fatigue.

We’ve also partnered with Penny Brohn UK to provide complementary and wellbeing therapies alongside your treatment, either in person, online or by phone. For example, we’ll carefully tailor a programme that can help you to deal with the side effects and reduce stress and anxiety. These additional services are complimentary and are part of our commitment to delivering the best possible outcome for our patients.

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Your treatment at GenesisCare

Your consultant will carefully plan your treatment and work with our nursing and pharmacist teams to deliver your treatment seamlessly. We’ll support you throughout your treatment and beyond.

 

Before starting your treatment, your consultant may request a genomic test of your cancer. Genomic tests are designed to analyse a sample of cancer cells by looking at their DNA and the kinds of proteins they contain. These can give your consultant useful information, like how quickly your cancer will grow and what type of treatments are likely to be most effective.

Scientists have developed many genomic tests, and more are being researched every day, along with specific ‘targeted’ cancer treatments. Our consultants now use these tests for many of the cancers we treat, for example, types of breast cancer, to help plan the best way forward.

You may have a test before you start treatment, or sometimes later on if your doctor thinks your cancer may have changed. Genomic testing isn’t the only type of test we use to find out more about your cancer, but it’s becoming more and more important. We’re making sure that the latest tests are always available for our patients.

Before starting any treatment, we’ll ask you to complete a Macmillan Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA). This is a questionnaire developed especially for people starting cancer treatment and is used to find out your concerns and needs. Using this, our clinicians and nurses can design your personalised care plan, and help you meet any challenges and anxieties, confidentially and sensitively. We’ll also work closely with our wellbeing specialists at Penny Brohn UK and our exercise medicine physiotherapists, so all of your care and support is planned together. You can use these at no cost.

Your assessment appointment is time we set aside to make sure you’re ready to begin your treatment, have all the information you need, and can ask any questions. You’ll meet your dedicated team, who’ll explain:

  • The drugs you’ll have and how they work, how they’ll be given to you, what side effects you might experience and what to do if they happen. This will include meeting with your oncology pharmacist who will take a medication history and confirm any allergies you may have
  • The emergency out-of-hours support, including a dedicated 24-hour triage line where our nurses can answer your calls at any time of day or night and quickly assess your symptoms. They’ll talk to your consultant and, if necessary, they can arrange for urgent admission to a partner hospital

Your nurse will also give you a Cancer Research UK “Your Cancer Treatment Record” booklet along with a personal Macmillan Cancer Support passport booklet. These are full of practical and up-to-date information about your treatment as well as side effects. You may have good days and not so good days. Your nursing team will be able to help you manage your side effects and offer wellbeing therapies.

You’ll be met by one of your dedicated nursing team and settled into one of our private chemotherapy suites. You’re welcome to bring any books, tablet computers or other ways to pass the time. We make our chemotherapy suites comfortable, homely and self-contained with:

  • Restful treatment pods
  • Any medication you need
  • Your own TV
  • A friendly, accessible refreshment area

We find the little details really do make a difference, such as your choice of music and refreshments. We understand you may want to bring someone to keep you company during your treatment. This can be one person and no small children except in certain circumstances. Please speak to your nurse if you have any questions. No one’s cancer experience is the same – and it can change from week to week. Many people love the calm and tranquillity of our personal suites and the chance for some quiet time. Others enjoy the opportunity to talk with their nurse, asks questions or just take their mind off their treatment.

Before you start each treatment session, you’ll have an appointment with your nursing team. During this appointment they’ll give you a quick check-up which usually involves checking:

  • Your blood and other important tests
  • That your weight hasn’t changed significantly
  • How you’re managing side effects and to review how your treatment is going

They’ll also answer any questions you may have.

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Ongoing support and follow-up

We’ll regularly monitor how you’re responding to your treatment. If you’re finding it hard and unsure if you should continue to have treatment, please speak to your nurse. They understand what you’re going through and will be able to give you advice about the benefits of continuing your treatment and help you decide what is the best next step for you. Thankfully, many side effects soon pass when treatment stops.

While monitoring your response to treatment, your GenesisCare team may make changes to your treatment plan. Changes are usually made to help improve the treatment or how you’re responding to your medicine and will be discussed with you first.

After you’ve finished your course of treatment, you’ll have regular appointments with your oncologist. Your nursing team will also call you six weeks after your treatment to see how you’re recovering. They’ll also go over the Macmillan Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA) with you again, to see if you might benefit from any further support.

Supporting you

Managing symptoms and side effects

People experience side effects differently. We'll help you through this time, such as by using ‘cooling caps’ that can prevent or limit hair loss in many cases. We've also provided resources, such as advice on managing symptoms and side effects, on our patient support page.
Patient support

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Bristol

300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4SY

+44 (0)1454 642801

Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

+44 (0)203 613 9355

Windsor

69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

+44 (0)1753 465 493

Cambridge

Fordham Rd, Newmarket CB8 7XN, UK

+44 (0)1223 633 664

Milton Keynes

GenesisCare, Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood, East, Milton Keynes MK14 6LS, UK

+44 (0)1908 448 166

Oxford

Peters Way, Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

+44 (0)1865 224 884

Elstree

Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

+44 (0)203 613 9356

Chelmsford

Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

+44 (0)1245 676 351

Southampton

Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

+44 (0)238 008 5138

Guildford

BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3LX

+44 (0)1483 676 898

Portsmouth

Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

+44 (0)23 9280 0102

Nottingham

The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

+44 (0)1156 762 989

Birmingham

Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 514 1185

Maidstone

17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4UA

+44 (0)1732 386 599

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