Radiotherapy can be used to treat many different types of cancer
It works by destroying the DNA inside cancer cells to prevent them from reproducing, and shrinking cancerous tumours.
The treatment can be administered from outside of the body using x-rays, or from within the body – this is known as internal radiotherapy.
Radiotherapy can be given as treatment to control the cancer, delivered directly to tumour cells, which minimises the effect on surrounding tissue. If the cancer cannot be cured, it can also be given to relieve pain or minimise symptoms (palliative care).
Our partnership with GenesisCare has enhanced our radiotherapy service and will enable us to provide rapid access to pioneering technology.
What Radiotherapy Treatments are available at Bupa Cromwell Hospital?
At Bupa Cromwell Hospital, we regularly perform three types of private radiotherapy treatments. These are:
This is one of the most advanced cancer treatment systems available, and Bupa Cromwell Hospital is the only private hospital in the UK to offer it. The doctor checks the location of the tumour before each session, and then painless and precise radiation therapy based on a customised plan.
- MRI-Guided Linac and Varian Edge (coming spring 2020 - to replace TomoTherapy)
From spring 2020 Bupa Cromwell Hospital will have access to a new MRI-Guided Linac. We will be the first hospital in London to offer this service outside of a research study.
The MRI-Guided Linac is a technological step change in radiotherapy that significantly improves outcomes through more precise targeting of tumours, including those of the pancreas, liver, lung, prostate and breast. For most patients, it will reduce treatment time by more than half and minimise side effects.
- Gamma Knife
Despite the name, Gamma Knife treatment does not involve surgery. The most effective treatment for single and multiple brain metastases, which can occur as secondary tumours in patients with melanoma, breast and lung cancers.
- See our breast cancer treatments
- See our lung cancer treatments
- Gamma Knife Icon (coming soon)
The Gamma Knife Icon allows doctors to provide individualised delivery, without sacrificing precision and accuracy.
- Xstrahl Therapy
Uses low energy x-rays to treat both malignant and non-malignant (benign) conditions of the skin and bone.
If you are currently receiving radiotherapy treatment at Bupa Cromwell Hospital, please click here for more information about what will happen to your information during the transfer to GenesisCare.
How do I pay for treatment?
We welcome both insured and self-pay patients as well as company and embassy sponsored patients.