Chemotherapy is a form of cancer treatment that involves using certain drugs to destroy cancer cells.
As an internationally recognised centre of excellence in cancer care, we have a range of specialist, world-leading oncology consultants in all major cancers.
Our experienced teams have access to some of the most established and latest cancer drugs. Being at the forefront of these new medicines means our patients have access to targeted cancer drugs that can both treat their cancer and reduce their symptoms and pain.
The length of treatment and type of drugs used will vary, according to the type of cancer. Chemotherapy may also be combined with other treatments such as radiotherapy and/or surgery, depending on the circumstances.
Where suitable, patients may undergo what is described as adjuvant therapy, where chemotherapy medications are administered after surgery. This is designed to kill any small, remaining cancer cells to significantly reduce the chances of recurrence or relapse.
As well as providing you with the treatment you need, our teams are always looking for other ways to make you feel a little better, such as:
- The latest technology to help you keep your hair - DigniCap™. This scalp-cooling cap (more comfortable than others on the market) narrows the blood vessels in the scalp during treatment, meaning that less of the drugs reach the hair follicle. It’s not possible to stop hair loss altogether, but evidence shows that over 80% of patients who use DigniCap™ did not feel they needed to wear a head covering or wig.
- Personalised menus – during chemotherapy, you’re likely to want different food to usual – most patients find they can only manage smaller portions, and want to avoid particular flavours. Our nurses and dieticians have worked together to come up with a special menu of light bites and fruit shakes – and we’ve introduced ‘Wish for a Dish’, where patients can have their favourite food from home cooked to order especially for them. We'll be happy to make the necessary arrangements to ensure your comfort is our priority.
Other services available in the unit
- Tests such as blood tests and bone marrow samples
- Infusion and blood products
"I would like to thank everyone at Cromwell Hospital for the fantastic way you looked after me. I could not fault anyone during the time I spent with you - from the point I arrived in reception, to the catering team and every member of staff throughout the changes of shift during my stay."
Anonymous, Cromwell Hospital patient