TCT Unit

The Royal Marsden is the principal treatment centre for young people with cancer aged 16-24 from South London, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex.

Being diagnosed with and treated for cancer is a scary experience, and we’re here to make sure that those who need us can access age-appropriate treatment and care, along with psychological, emotional, financial, practical, educational and social support.

Our expert team of specialists and nurses look after lots of young people with all kinds of cancer, leukaemia and brain tumours, from rare to common, so rest assured you’re in safe hands when you come to us.

Where to have your care

If you live in South London, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex and you’re 16-18, then you’ll be referred to us for treatment and care straight away. If you’re 19-24, then you’ll be offered the choice between having your care and treatment with us, or at one of nine hospitals across South England.

Where you choose to have care is up to you and a personal choice. This can be influenced by things like hospital environment and facilities, being close to home, friends, family and work or education. You can find more information about this on NHS Choices.

What the Unit's like

We want the Unit to be as friendly and comfortable a place as possible, so we asked our patients to tell us what they’d like to see in our layout, design and colour scheme, and built an environment adapted to suit you.

We have:

  • 13 inpatient beds (mix of single rooms with ensuite walk-in showers and four-bed bays)
  • Social indoor and outdoor areas for patients and their families, friends and partners, including a roof terrace, a chill-out zone with TVs, pool table and games consoles, and a hub with computers for schoolwork
  • Wifi
  • Relaxation areas including a pod and a quiet room
  • Regular group activities such as music, art, pizza and film nights, workshops like animation and filmmaking, and a weekly brunch for patients and carers
  • We also have a closed Facebook group you can use to chat with other patients – contact Ella Hallpike, TCT Youth Support Co-ordinator, for details

We have teachers around to make sure your education is interrupted as little as possible – you can sit GCSEs, AS and A2 exams on the ward, and teachers can help you get special arrangements put in place back at school.

For parents and partners, we have an extra bed next to each patient’s bed. You’re welcome to use most of the Unit’s facilities including the showers, washing machines and tumble driers.

What happens after admission

When you first join us, we'll ask you to fill out our Worry and Memory Thermometer document to understand how you're feeling. You can fill in a new copy whenever you need to during treatment and at the end of your treatment.

We treat lots of different cancer types at The Royal Marsden, so your treatment varies depending on your diagnosis and you will be supported by a specialist treating team.

How to get there

Go to our Directions page for more information.

For healthcare professionals

To refer a patient, please contact the teenage and young adult multidisciplinary team meeting (TYAMDT) on mdt.tya@nhs.net. Your key contacts are Dr Julia Chisholm, Lottie Weston and Laura Turney, as detailed below.

Staff on the Unit