Transforming how we treat breast cancer in East London
A new, dedicated Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital will mark a watershed in how Barts Health NHS Trust researches and treats cancer. The new Centre will not just save lives in East London – but will help make a significant contribution to global research too
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Breast cancer in East London

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women in the UK today, with one woman diagnosed every ten minutes. Although the five-year survival rate for breast cancer in the UK is improving all the time, outcomes in East London remain worse than those in the rest of London, the rest of the UK and even other OECD countries.

It’s also the case that a larger proportion of younger women in East London suffer with more aggressive forms of the disease than elsewhere.

These issues can be attributed to the high deprivation scores in East London, poor uptake of screening, cultural hesitancy, and inequality of access for patients.

Together we can, and we must, improve this situation for women.

Our ambitious plan to build a comprehensive Breast Cancer Centre, which includes all aspects of care for all patients, will integrate research, leadership and training under state-of-the-art facilities. I believe this project offers new hope to cancer patients in East London and will help thousands of women over the next decade.”

Professor Tom Powles

Director of Barts Cancer Centre

A new Breast Cancer Centre: our vision

  • Integrating and improving every stage of the patient journey by bringing breast cancer teams together
  • Improving the surgical experience by centralising breast cancer services and having dedicated breast cancer surgeons performing operations which will lead to reduced waiting times for surgery, fewer variations in care and less time spent in hospital.
  • Revolutionising translational research by giving leading researchers improved access to tissue samples to get new treatments from bench to bedside. For patients, this means the best possible access to cutting-edge clinical trials across all treatment types.
  • Enabling life-saving outreach work where expert teams get into the community and encourage local women to get screened for breast cancer and help recognise early symptoms of the disease. This outreach work alone could save many women’s lives.
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A proven model

Barts Health NHS Trust has already seen a transformation in services and research capabilities after co-locating some of its expertise.

Combining East London’s breast cancer services in this way – using a similar approach to the Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Major Trauma Centre at The Royal London (both established with Barts Charity funding) – will greatly improve the patient experience in a part of the UK where it’s needed most.

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