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The Cancer Clinical Academic Group (CAG) brings together world-class clinical services, research and education for the benefit of cancer patients in south east London and beyond.

CancerCentreOur partner acute trusts – Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts provide clinical services to over two million people across the south east. Each year we see nearly 20,000 suspected cancer patients and treat up to 6,500 cancer patients.

Read the latest news from our Cancer CAG.

Our range of specialist services includes Europe’s largest liver transplant centre, Europe’s largest blood sciences laboratory, the UK’s largest live kidney donor programme and one of Europe’s largest bone marrow transplant centres. Our work integrates mental health care and we are supported by the Cicely Saunders Institute, the world’s first institute of palliative care.

Our CAG is committed to being:

  • patient-centred - patients are at the heart of our services with excellent access to, and experience of, care
  • research driven - research is undertaken by experts with the latest technologies to bring new treatments from the laboratory to our patients, leading the way in the discovery of cause, prevention, treatment and cure for cancer
  • clinically led - innovations are developed in cancer management, which are driven by clinicians in collaboration with researchers, managers and patients.

Our Haematology Institute and Clinical Academic Network is bringing together our strengths in clinical services, research and education, to deliver exceptional outcomes for patients. Our aim is to develop cures and vaccinations for haematological conditions so that future generations do not have to face lives with these diseases - from blood cancers to haemoglobinopathies, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia, to haemophilia.  

A Comprehensive Cancer Centre

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Our partnership has been awarded Comprehensive Cancer Centre status by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI). The OECI brings together cancer care and research organisations in Europe to support the sharing of knowledge and information, delivery of new and better cancer treatments and improved quality of life for patients. King’s Health Partners becomes only the third organisation in the country to be given the globally respected title.

OECI accreditation is measured against a range of internationally accepted quality and performance standards and is a reflection of the strength and breadth of cancer delivery across the Academic Health Sciences Centre. The award of Comprehensive Cancer Centre status will take place next spring at the OECI General Assembly in Brussels. It follows an intensive three year process involving a wide range of staff across the partnership during which quality of care and performance metrics were assessed. A two day formal peer review visit took place in September 2014 to formally assess partner institutions across the tripartite domains of clinical care, research and training.


We develop medical, nursing, allied health and managerial professionals using a wide range of academic and clinical training programmes. We also train the cancer researchers of the future and have over 100 postgraduate students.

For more information about education and training, please visit King’s College London’s online prospectus.

Key achievements in education include:

  • Establishing a global exchange programme in Translational Cancer Medicine between King’s College London/King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre (King's College London/King's Health Partners Cancer Centre); Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai
  • Established a new joint research / training programme to “link expertise in the dissection of functional heterogeneity of the cancer genome and gain insight into cancer biological mechanisms”. The aim is to create an overseas attachment training programme at King's College London/King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre for PhD students (Health Sciences), students will spend up to one year within the King's College London/King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre Faculty in Genomics, Bioinformatics or Cancer Imaging.


We develop innovations that improve care for cancer patients through a cadre of world-class researchers. Our research programmes in haematology, breast and prostate cancer, palliative care, cell biology, imaging, epidemiology, cancer policy, nursing, urology and thoracic cancer are recognised internationally.

For more information about our research, please visit the King’s College London website or contact Professor Peter Parker.

Cancer Centre at Guy’s

The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital will allow us to provide the majority of our cancer services in state-of-the-art facilities.

The new centre is a hub for south east London, providing specialist cancer services, training, development and research. It will help us to improve both cancer treatments and outcomes.

We are home to some of the best specialists in the country and offer the very latest facilities and pioneering treatments, thanks to our extensive research programmes.

The new state-of-the-art building brings a wide range of cancer services under one roof, helping us to give our patients seamless care. The Cancer Centre offers a welcoming, uplifting environment, designed with patients at its heart.

Innovations and achievements

  • Read about how our clinical academic collaborations are improving the lives of our patients in Innovation Impact Stories
  • See 70 examples of key achievements from across our partnership in our CAGraphics booklet.
Together we aspire to be not only one of the leading comprehensive cancer centres in the UK but also one of the best in the world. We have ambitious plans to improve our services by working closely together. We have started work on the new cancer centre and this incredible new building will open in 2016, bringing together many of our hospital-based cancer services under one roof.
Professor Arnie Purushotham, Leader of the Cancer Clinical Academic Group

Cancer CAG Leaders

Professor Arnie Purushotham, Professor of Cancer, Director of King's Health Partners Cancer Centre.

Professor Sean Whittaker, Professor of Cutaneous Oncology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.