Oncology at the Royal Free Hospital Private Patients Unit

Here at the Royal Free Hospital Private Patients Unit (PPU) we offer a wide array of oncology services, provided by our multidisciplinary team of leading specialists. The PPU combines the convenience, comfort and personalised attention of a private hospital with the very best state-of-the-art services, technology and the professional experience expected from a top London teaching hospital.

We are unique in that all of the profit that is made each year is reinvested back into the NHS services at the Royal Free Hospital trust, and this contributes to the high-quality care that our hospitals provide.

Treatments we offer include...

We offer a wide range of cutting-edge treatments for the following cancer types: 

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer (which can involve a simple visit to our one-stop breast clinic)
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastric (stomach) cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Oesophageal (gullet) cancer
  • Prostate cancer

Each type of cancer requires a specific treatment plan, which takes into account individual circumstances and preferences. Our leading oncologists are on hand to deliver a wide range of cancer therapies including:

  • Immunotherapy – this works by enhancing a person’s own immune system’s ability to fight cancer
  • Targeted treatments – these involve the use of specific drugs that can block genes or proteins that are involved in cancer growth
  • Radiotherapy – this involves firing powerful radiation at tumours to kill or damage the cancer cells
  • Chemotherapy this involves the use of anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells. There are many different types of chemotherapy, but they all aim to stop cancer cells reproducing, which prevents them from growing and spreading in the body.

A combination of treatments is often used for the greatest effect, and surgery may also be offered. The treatments available for our patients are: 

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The Royal Free Hospital PPU as a regional specialist centre

In addition to the range of other services we provide, we are proud to have a reputation as a leading specialist centre in the research and treatment of the following cancer types:

Hepatocellular (liver) cancer (HCC)
the Royal Free Hospital is one of two centres in London to offer a liver transplant for patients with HCC. This service is provided at our leading Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgical unit. We also offer a range of treatments including radiofrequency ablation and transarterial-embolisation (carried out by our interventional radiologists), and lead the way in terms of systemic drug treatments offered for this cancer.

This is a cancer within the bile ducts, which are small tubes that run from the liver and gall bladder (a small organ that sits under the liver) to the small intestine. Our world-famous HPB unit provides comprehensive services for these cancers, including surgical and oncological treatments.

Pancreatic cancer
Our HPB surgical and oncology units work closely together as part of a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure optimised care for this cancer

Neuro-endocrine tumours (NET)
These are rare cancers of cells that release hormones into your bloodstream. The PPU has an internationally-recognised Neuroendocrine Tumour Unit for the treatment of patients with these cancers.

Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers

Renal (kidney) cancer
For which we have a leading, dedicated surgical centre based in North London


We recognise that being diagnosed with cancer is a very difficult process to go through, and our highly-skilled oncology team are dedicated to offering support from diagnosis to treatment.

Our expert clinical team

All our consultants also work for our NHS Foundation Trust, and many have been trained here over the many years of their career. The PPU oncology team consists of a range of highly-specialised consultant medical oncologists and includes:

For expert care in cancer management, or for a second opinion, we are proud to offer access to innovative technologies and an experienced multidisciplinary team who are all dedicated to delivering the highest standards of care.