Cancer research

The Trust plays an active part in research into cancer

Research facilities based on the Southampton General Hospital site include:

Central South Coast Cancer Research network

The Central South Coast Cancer Research Network (CSCCRN) was established in 2002 as one of the first of 34 cancer research networks set up across England with the aim of doubling the number of cancer patients entering clinical trials. The network serves a population of around 2.3 million with over 10,000 new cancer cases presenting each year. It includes seven hospital trusts:

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, Chichester
  • Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

The CSCCRN is managed by a central secretariat based at Southampton General Hospital who also coordinate and monitor trial activities.

The network employs a large team of clinical trial practitioners and assistants (CTPs and CTAs), including research nurses, physiotherapists and radiographers. CTPs and CTAs are based at hospitals around the network and are responsible for the day to day running of clinical trials, working closely with both local cancer care staff and patients.

The portfolio of trials currently available in the network is broad and covers not only the common tumour sites, breast, bowel and lung, but less common areas such as brain, head and neck, lymphoma and sarcoma.  The majority are trials of new chemotherapy treatments but the portfolio also includes trials of new surgical methods and techniques and radiotherapy regimens, as well as studies investigating the psychosocial impact of cancer and quality of life studies.

During 2010/11 around 2,400 cancer patients participated in cancer clinical trials in the CSCCRN, equivalent to more than 1 in every 5 cancer patients, and almost five times the number of patients entering clinical trials before the network was established. 

Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre of ExcellenceSouthampton's Cancer Research UK centre

Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre is a network bringing together scientists, doctors and nurses in the area. They are using the latest research advances to improve treatment for cancer patients in and around Southampton and across the UK. 

The centre is a partnership between University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Southampton and Cancer Research UK.

Researchers in the centre are focusing on breast cancer and urological cancers - principally testicular, bladder and kidney cancers - as well as lymphoma. But they are also working on many other types of cancer, including tumours affecting the head and neck cancer, and liver and bile duct cancers.  

Southampton Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre

ECMC logoSouthampton ECMC aims to build upon its expertise in immunotherapy, uniting both laboratory and clinical research teams to develop novel treatments for both solid and haematological cancers.

Southampton has medical imaging, cellular therapy and radiopharmacy facilities and hosts a fully Human Tissue Association (HTA) accredited tissue bank.