The Royal Marsden

The shape of things to come: lumpectomies and 3D imaging

The Royal Marsden has opened an innovative new trial with the aim of helping women feel better prepared before breast cancer surgery

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A day in the life: Emma Porter, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Emma Porter, Clinical Psychologist in the Paediatric and Teenage Psychological Support Service, talks about her role

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Colour-coding sarcomas

A multidisciplinary team at The Royal Marsden has produced software that can colour-code the different components of a tumour

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Giving something back 20 years after cancer diagnosis

Chris Salmen, 36, Lead Education and Training Pharmacist, talks about how his experiences with cancer shaped him

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Reality check: the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre

Clinical staff need to gain experience of emergency situations to improve outcomes for patients. This is where our simulation faculty comes into play

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A team effort: our research partnerships

The best way to tackle cancer is to work collaboratively with leading experts in their field, and that’s what The Royal Marsden does with its research partnerships

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Rapid response: initiatives for early detection

Earlier and faster cancer diagnosis is often key to successful treatment. We highlight a raft of initiatives that ensure no-one gets left behind

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Lifelong learning: our education and training

The Royal Marsden fosters a culture of continuing education and training, ensuring that our staff has the qualifications and skills to provide exceptional care

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Because we care

Our nurses embody what The Royal Marsden stands for and are all dedicated to delivering excellent care. Here, nine of our nurses share why they love their roles

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Our pioneering technology: radiotherapy and radiology

Over the years, The Royal Marsden’s research into radiotherapy and radiology has laid the foundations for today’s pioneering technology

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Dedicated support for acutely ill patients

The Royal Marsden is transforming the way it cares for patients who experience acute troublesome symptoms

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Sarcoma Unit confirms 18th-century diagnosis

The Sarcoma Unit at The Royal Marsden confirmed a cancer diagnosis made more than 200 years ago by one of medicine's most influential surgeons, Mr John Hunter

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10 years as President: HRH The Duke of Cambridge visits

HRH The Duke of Cambridge celebrated his 10th anniversary as President of The Royal Marsden by supporting staff and helping patients during a hands-on visit in May

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A day in the life: Dr Mike Hubank

Dr Mike Hubank, Joint Head of Clinical Genomics (Research), takes us through a day in his working life

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I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in my twenties

Teacher and blogger Laura Moses talks ovarian cancer

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Q&A: new pelvic exenteration study

Mr Shahnawaz Rasheed, Consultant Surgeon, explains how a new study is looking into the quality of life of patients who require pelvic exenteration for advanced colorectal cancer

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A day in the life: Gifty Brobbey, Ward Hostess

Ward Hostess Gifty Brobbey takes us through a day in her working life

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CQC inspection success

Our Chief Executive, Cally Palmer CBE, reflects on the latest CQC inspections

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Inside our Critical Care Unit

The Royal Marsden’s Critical Care Unit (CCU) is the largest facility of its type dedicated to cancer patients in the UK, and one of the biggest in Europe

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Private matters: how our unique care model works

Providing world-class care for patients, The Royal Marsden’s Private Care model benefits all, and allows more to be invested in research

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Age concern: providing appropriate strategies

Cancer can strike at any age, and how patients react to treatment can be affected by what stage they are at in life. This is why The Royal Marsden is developing age-appropriate strategies for the best care

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The Royal Marsden saved both our lives

Now we’re walking The Marsden March together as mother and daughter

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The Royal Marsden's new Chief Nurse

We have welcomed newly appointed Chief Nurse Eamonn Sullivan to his role

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Why The Royal Marsden used a crab to test the MR Linac

The UK’s first MR Linac performed a ‘beam on image’ research test on a crab to assess the machine’s image quality

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Sir Paul Nurse speaks at this year's William Marsden Lecture

This year we were honoured to welcome Sir Paul Nurse, Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute

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Celebrating ten years of robotic surgery

As the first Trust in England to introduce two da Vinci surgical systems to the operating theatre, we are celebrating a decade of robotic surgery at The Royal Marsden

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Celebrating the legacy of our founder

We are celebrating the work and legacy of our founder William Marsden, who opened the world’s first ever hospital dedicated to cancer before his death 150 years ago this week

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World Cancer Day: How The Royal Marsden is shaping the future of cancer treatment

Ahead of World Cancer Day on 4 February, our Medical Director, Dr Nicholas van As, highlights how we are leading the way in areas such as radiotherapy, drug development and robotic surgery

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Front lines

A successful surgery requires the expertise of several people. We go behind the scenes at The Royal Marsden to discover who is needed in the operating theatre.

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Tamoxifen: a landmark trial

This year marks the 30th anniversary of a drug trial that helped change the face of breast cancer research.

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Q&A: Our new chairman

As he joins the Trust, Charles Alexander tells us about his belief in the NHS, supporting innovation and discovering the 'Marsden magic'.

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Our young patients have complex needs: this is how we meet them

The Oak Centre for Children and Young People has been revolutionising young cancer patients’ treatment since 2011.

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Perfect partnership

How The Oak Foundation has helped The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity make a difference.

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Day in the life: Lisa Norton

A day in the life of Lisa Norton, Healthcare Assistant.

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Game-changing drug doubles head and neck cancer survival

An immunotherapy drug has been hailed as a potential ‘game-changer’ after being found to improve survival for patients with a type of cancer that is notoriously difficult to treat.

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Passion for research

The Royal Marsden is proud to have three members of staff working as National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Training Advocates.

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A high-tech way to manage pain

Outpatients can now describe any pain they are experiencing via a touchscreen-based app.

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Q&A: plasmaMATCH trial

Dr Nicholas Turner, Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden and Team Leader in Molecular Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), explains how a new trial could benefit breast cancer patients.

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It happened to me: Elliot Willis

Elliot Willis, 33, colon cancer patient.

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Marginal gains for less pain

A new trial to reduce pain after breast surgery is using the ‘marginal gains’ concept adopted by the Team Sky cycling team to win the Tour de France in 2012

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Professor David Nicol

Professor David Nicol, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Chief of Surgery, takes us through his work day.

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In our blood

The Royal Marsden’s Haemato-oncology Unit is one of the largest in Europe, treating blood cancers through advanced diagnostics, innovative scanning techniques and groundbreaking new treatments

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Advanced technology, precision treatment

The Royal Marsden has one of the UK’s largest radiotherapy departments, treating up to 5,000 patients a year using a range of techniques

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Farewell to Chief Nurse

After more than 20 years of dedicated service, Chief Nurse Dr Shelley Dolan is leaving The Royal Marsden

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Q&A: Innovative treatments

Mr John Butler and Ms Marielle Nobbenhuis, two of The Royal Marsden’s leading consultant gynaecological oncology surgeons, explain the hospital’s wide range of leading-edge treatments for gynaecological cancers

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Our latest research partnership

The Royal Marsden has partnered with three other London health organisations as part of the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).

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A learning process

At The Royal Marsden, we offer education programmes for junior doctors from the UK and all over the world, as well as investing in the development of all our staff – clinical and non-clinical – to ensure they achieve their maximum potential.

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Surgery trials focus on women's cancers

The Royal Marsden has opened two innovative surgical trials with the aim of improving outcomes for gynaecological and breast cancer patients.

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New technology to tackle ovarian cancer

The Royal Marsden is one of the first UK centres to use a new high-energy surgical device for women with advanced ovarian cancer.

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Besides the day job

Meet Mr Shahnawaz Rasheed, who balances his role as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at The Royal Marsden with leading an international disaster relief operation.

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Equipped to excel

Two state-of-the-art MRI scanners installed at the new Reuben Imaging Centre in Chelsea will accelerate the Trust’s research programme and transform the patient experience

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Marginal gains for less pain

A new trial to reduce pain after breast surgery is using the ‘marginal gains’ concept adopted by the Team Sky cycling team to win the Tour de France in 2012.

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Chelsea surgical unit welcomes HRH The Duke of Cambridge

The Royal Marsden’s President donned scrubs and witnessed the pioneering surgery we perform during a unique visit to the hospital.

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Lymphoedema patients now benefit from quicker service

Waiting times to see a lymphoedema specialist at The Royal Marsden have been reduced thanks to an improved referral service.

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MR Linac nears completion

Updates on the installation of the UK’s first MR Linac at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)

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Gift of robot boosts surgery and training

The new year started on a high for The Royal Marsden when Don McCarthy, ex-Chairman of House of Fraser, philanthropist and long-time supporter of the hospital, made an extremely generous donation to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

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Q&A: Targeted drug trial

Dr Irene Chong, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, discusses ibrutinub and oesophageal cancers

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Experience and leadership

We catch up with Richard Turnor, the Trust’s longest-serving Non-Executive Director

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Dr Tim Wigmore

Dr Tim Wigmore is the Associate Medical Director, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist in the Critical Care Unit at The Royal Marsden.

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Hashtag highlights

Our presence on social media has increased hugely over the past year

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A day in the life: Julie Hollifield, Biomedical Scientist

Every year, we perform more than 200 stem cell transplants at The Royal Marsden for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma patients

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It happened to me: Jamie's story

This has been an amazing year. Not only did I get married, I’ve also celebrated being in remission for five years

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Refining roles

As cancer treatment evolves, The Royal Marsden has adapted its workforce to ensure it provides the best cancer care in the world. Here, we meet clinical staff whose new skills and roles help improve patient care

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Building for the future

Over the past decade, the work of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research has resulted in groundbreaking achievements in cancer research. Here, we focus on the facilities that continue to enable this pioneering work

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Step inside

Take a closer look at the work carried out in the state-of-the-art Ralph Lauren Centre for Breast Cancer Research, funded by supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity – including a generous donation from Ralph Lauren

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Meeting the challenge of urological cancers

With urological cancers increasingly common, The Royal Marsden’s Urology Unit aims for swift diagnosis and comprehensive treatment

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It happened to me: Celina and Katie's story

We were both diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia just 10 days apart. But after meeting on the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at The Royal Marsden, we’ve become close friends

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A day in the life: Shirley Moore, Paediatric Catering Supervisor

Good nutrition is a vital part of a child’s recovery from cancer, but treatment normally affects the taste buds and makes eating difficult

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Surgical success for first da Vinci Xi patient

The new da Vinci Xi surgical robot is now fully integrated into the McCarthy Family theatre suite, enabling more patients at The Royal Marsden to experience the benefits of this revolutionary surgical system.

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Paediatric and adolescent cancers

The Royal Marsden’s paediatric and adolescent drug development programme has the largest portfolio of early-phase paediatric cancer trials in the UK and one of the largest in Europe

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It happened to me: Derrick's story

Helping patients is my way of giving something back

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Committed to high-quality care

At The Royal Marsden, we’re proud to treat cancers that occur less frequently than the most common types. Here, we highlight some of the latest research, pioneering surgery and treatments for uncommon cancer types

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Celebrating a decade of pioneering drug development

Staff at the Oak Foundation Drug Development Unit (DDU) have celebrated a decade of innovation by showcasing the work of the unit to patients, relatives and hospital colleagues at a special evening event

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Awards and acclaim for therapies team

Specialist staff working in support services such as dietitics and nutrition have recently won a range of accolades for their work.

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A day in the life: Michelle Payne, Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist

I have worked at The Royal Marsden for more than 15 years, and I can honestly say that there is nothing that can compare to working with a child – who may have been confined to a bed for a long period – and seeing them regain the skills to take part in activities that they enjoy

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It happened to me: Ferhana Najeeb

Former Hodgkin lymphoma patient Ferhana Najeeb talks about returning to The Royal Marsden as a member of staff

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