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The London Clinic has world-leading oncology consultants supported by highly trained multidisciplinary teams and some of the most modern treatment technology available. Their priority is to provide the best cancer care in a comfortable, private and stress-free environment.

Around fifteen per cent of women with breast cancer have disease that is described as triple-negative, meaning the cancers cells don’t have receptors for oestrogen, progesterone and HER2. This is important because women with triple-negative breast cancer do not respond well to hormonal therapy or Herceptin medication. To achieve the best results, women with this kind of cancer need a different therapeutic plan.

The specialists at The London Clinic will design a personalised programme of treatment. This will involve a combination of surgery to remove the tumour, targeted radiotherapy and a tailored course of chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells and decrease the risk of the cancer spreading or recurring.

Cancer treatment can be physically and emotionally stressful. At this difficult time, The London Clinic offers expert cancer care, sensitive support by a multidisciplinary team and a clean, calm environment in which to recover.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families

Understanding your treatment

Chemotherapy is the use of combinations of anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells. The medications interfere with the cells’ ability to divide and proliferate. The aim is to destroy any remaining cancer cells and reduce the chances of the cancer coming back.

The London Clinic offers the latest chemotherapy drugs, administered by an expert multi-disciplinary team. There are clinical nurse specialists to guide you, advise about the possible side-effects and help control your symptoms.

Consultant Oncologists Prof Paul Ellis, Dr Hartmut Kristeleit and Dr Virginia Wolstenholme can discuss the best ways of treating triple-negative breast cancer and the side-effects of the treatment. They will always take time to answer any questions or address any worries you may have

Treatment facts

The London Clinic administers chemotherapy by mouth or by intravenous infusion. The route will depend on the type of medication you have been prescribed.  If the drugs need to be injected directly into the blood, a drip may be put in.

A port or catheter may be inserted to make access to the veins easier; this stays in place throughout the course of your treatment, reducing the need for repeated injections.

Chemotherapy can be offered as in inpatient or as an outpatient. For patients coming in for the day, there are 22 specially-designed pods allowing each person to receive treatment in comfort and privacy. We also offer portable battery- powered pumps, so that patients can go home while they’re waiting for their infusion to complete.

Treatment risks and recovery

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful and can cause several side-effects. Although these can be unpleasant, they should be temporary and your specialist should help control your symptoms.

The London Clinic will give you a 24-hour contact number, so that you can get advice at any time during your treatment. Your consultant will also give you advice about symptoms to look out for and when to get urgent assessment.

Chemotherapy stops cells dividing and growing. This can lead to reduced levels of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets, which can cause potentially serious complications.

White cells fight infections, so having too few will reduce your immunity. You are particularly vulnerable to infections 1-2 weeks after chemotherapy. You may feel feverish and unwell or notice a cough, sore throat or urinary symptoms. Having insufficient platelets affects the bloods ability to clot, leading to bruises, nose bleeds or bleeding from the gums. Low red blood cells can impair the blood’s ability to transport oxygen to the cells, making you feel tired and short of breath, especially on exertion.

You may also experience:

  • Hair loss: The clinical nurse specialist can recommend strategies to decrease loss, including chemotherapy cool caps. They can also suggest places to find good wigs and hair pieces.
  • Sickness, nausea and vomiting.
  • Digestive problems including heartburn, constipation and diarrhoea.
  • Numbness in the hands and feet.
  • Problems with the mouth and teeth, including ulcers, thrush and gum disease.
  • Rashes and nail changes.
  • Rarely some drugs can cause heart or lung problems. Your specialist will discuss the risks, balancing them against the benefits of treating your cancer.1

Chemotherapy treatment cost

Cancer care at The London Clinic may be covered by insurance. We also offer affordable, competitive self-pay packages for breast cancer treatment. Please call +44 (0) 207 616 7693 and speak to our helpful team to find out more about private chemotherapy and to book an appointment.

[1] Chemotherapy for triple-negative breast cancer 

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