Why choose us

CRUK Clinical Centre

The Southampton Oncology Centre is one of 12 major regional cancer centres in the UK, serving a population of around 2m people. The unit is a leader in cancer research and treatment development.

Cancer care is one of the Trust's key defining services, which means it is being developed as a global centre of excellence treating more and more patients from outside the local area.

Consultant-led and integrated

The Chemotherapy clinic is consultant-led, meaning patients have regular direct contact with the doctor in charge of their treatment. They will see their consultant frequently to discuss the chemotherapy and progress.

Our large team of specialists work closely with colleagues in Radiotherapy and Surgery, creating an integrated cancer care service on a single site – with access if necessary to Southampton's emergency and intensive care units and expertise.

Nursing Staff

The Chemotherapy Clinic is staffed by skilled nursing staff with expertise in caring for patients receiving chemotherapy drugs. They will be able to discuss with you all aspects associated with receiving chemotherapy.


Our eight medical oncologists (consultants) have considerable experience in working with cancer patients.

They all specialise in treating particular cancer types, helping to develop Southampton's reputation as a world class cancer care centre.

The unit has developed a reputation for excellence in treating:

  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells and the immune system
  • Melanoma, a malignant tumour normally found on the skin

As well as looking after cancer patients from across Southampton, the unit also takes referrals from further afield to treat these conditions.

Supported by a dedicated team of caring and highly experienced specialist nurses, nurse consultant and nurse practitioners, the consultants deliver excellent care and good outcomes for patients.

International research

The centre has an international reputation for cancer care and treatment, and is at the forefront of developments in cancer research. Southampton is one of Cancer Research UK's designated Clinical Centres. Visit www.som.soton.ac.uk/research/cancersciences/CRUK to find out more.

Southampton Oncology Centre is involved in more than 100 research trials, giving patients access to many new treatments before they are widely available.

Up to 500 patients a year take part in research trials with the centre.

The consultants in Southampton are involved in leading national trials into treatments for lymphoma, testis cancer, bowel cancer and breast cancer.

Southampton patients have been among the first people to test new cancer vaccines and antibodies.

Southampton is one of the leading hospitals in the UK for research into how the power of the body's immune system can be harnessed to fight cancer.

You will be able to choose if you wish to participate in a trial.

Centre for regional UK research

The Southampton Oncology Centre is host to the Central South Coast Cancer Research Network (CSCCRN).

This was established in 2002 as one of the first of 34 cancer research networks in England. Since then, the networks have successfully doubled the number of cancer patients entering clinical trials – in order to obtain faster results and bring new treatments into routine use more rapidly.

The network serves a population of around 2.3m people, including nine hospital Trusts:

  • Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal West Sussex NHS Trust
  • North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey
  • St Helier Hospital, Jersey

The CSCCRN team at Southampton Oncology Centre co-ordinates and monitors trial activities. In 2005-06, more than 1,200 patients across the region took part in clinical cancer research trials.

Find out more about Cancer Research UK in Southampton and the Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre