Guy's Head and Neck Cancer Centre
Help us to transform lives by supporting the new Guy’s Head and Neck Cancer Centre. Together we can make sure head and neck cancer patients get the best possible personalised care.
Guy’s Cancer is one of the fastest growing cancer centres in Europe for care, treatment and research. The head and neck department is one of the largest in the UK, and staff have already pioneered new ways to diagnose, treat and support people living with head and neck cancer. This includes cutting-edge treatment like robotic surgery, image-guided radiation and harnessing the power of the immune system.
But the challenge is getting bigger as the demand for care increases.
Why we’re fundraising for the Guy’s Head and Neck Cancer Centre
Head and neck cancer – which includes cancers of the mouth, jaw, throat and neck – is already one of the most common cancers globally, and 12,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with it every year. This number is increasing all the time, and people are also being diagnosed at a younger age.
The mental and physical side-effects for those who have been treated can be life changing. Eating, speaking and breathing problems are common, meaning people need specialised rehabilitation, support and care.
That’s why we’re fundraising for the new Centre.
The Centre will bring together a diverse range of programmes to speed up how head and neck cancer is diagnosed, improve treatments even further, minimise the terrible side-effects patients suffer, and reduce rates of recurrence.
With your support, it will transform the lives of many more people in our community and beyond, enabling them to access the very best personalised care that is tailored to their own specific needs. Like the care Naema Abubakar received after being diagnosed with an extremely rare form of head and neck cancer in August 2018, at the age of 23.
“It was such a huge shock. Even though I’d been experiencing problems for over year, the diagnosis felt like it came out of nowhere.
"Everyone who helped care for me did so sensitively and professionally, but also in the quickest possible time. Nobody made me feel like my condition was incurable, and I felt like I was in the safest possible hands.
“I can’t put into words how much all of the extra support I’ve received has helped me. I will be eternally grateful for everything they’ve given me."
How you can help
Thanks to generous support from Charles Wilson and Dr Rowena Olegario of Wilson + Olegario Philanthropy, we have already raised over £6 million.
Charles, who was treated for neck cancer by a team from Guy’s Cancer three years ago, says:
"The team at Guy’s are amazing. The treatments they perform and the research they do is ground-breaking. The new Centre will help transform the detection and treatment of head and neck cancers as well as improve the quality of life for patients – something which is urgently needed.
"In a year when the NHS did such a good job of looking after the nation, and where Guy’s Cancer continued treating patients, it is a privilege to support the hospital at this time. I look forward to seeing the impact for both the local community, people across the UK and even around the world."
We are so grateful for this support, but we need your help to raise a further £5 million to fund the transformative care that the Guy’s Head and Neck Cancer Centre will offer.
Anything you give will be matched by Wilson + Olegario Philanthropy, meaning any donation you make or funds you raise will be doubled.