Cancer services and treatment

From initial consultation and diagnosis through to treatment and follow-up, Spire Hartswood Hospital's oncology team is committed to giving every cancer patient a high level of personalised care. Our goal is to help patients back to normal life as quickly as possible and to support them throughout the treatment process, and patients come to us from Brentwood, Romford and surrounding areas of Essex and London.

To book an appointment with a consultant oncologist please call 01277 266 766

Experienced cancer surgeons, radiologists, consultant oncologists and oncology nurses work together to treat a wide range of cancers. Our private patient services include diagnosis and cancer staging, surgical treatment, reconstructive surgery and chemotherapy.

Some of the common cancers we treat:

  • Breast cancer and breast care services
  • Colo-rectal cancers including bowel cancer
  • Lung cancer and mesothelioma
  • Some haematological conditions including lymphoma, myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Brain tumours
  • Gynaecological cancer including ovarian and cervical cancer
  • Renal and urological cancers including prostate and testicular cancer
  • Upper gastro-intestinal cancer (stomach, oesophagus, pancreas)
  • Skin cancer
  • Periocular eye cancer

Spire Hartswood Hospital is the first private hospital in the UK to receive the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark for both oncology and breast cancer care. Find out more about our cancer accreditation.

Specialist Cancer Care Centre

Our new centre opened in the Essex Healthcare Park in Chelmsford in November 2015 and offers the latest technologies in cancer care to patients of Brentwood, Billericay, Chelmsford and the surrounding areas of Essex and East London. Read more here.


Early diagnosis is important for the successful treatment of cancer and to ensure the best possible outcome. Same-day appointments are often available for urgent tests. Patients can be referred by their GP or consultant for a  CT scanMRI scanultrasoundX-raymammogram, bronchoscopy, barium enema and/or barium swallow and barium meal.

Cancer Surgery

Many of the consultant surgeons at Spire Hartswood Hospital specialise in cancer surgery. Your surgeon will be with you throughout your journey, from your first out-patient visit to your aftercare and recovery plan. You will be looked after in your own private room and cared for by our experienced nursing team who will do everything they can to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.


This part of your treatment will be managed by one of our consultant oncologists. Your oncologist will plan your chemotherapy treatment with our specialist oncology nurses who will normally be with you at each out-patient appointment. If you are having private chemotherapy treatment at Spire Hartswood Hospital you will always have a private room for the day of your treatment. You’ll also have 24-hour access to our oncology nurses, who provide ongoing support to patients and their families. Find out more about what's involved in having chemotherapy treatment with Spire Healthcare. 


If your treatment plan includes a course of radiotherapy, your consultant oncologist can arrange this to be delivered at our new Specialist Care Centre, depending on your wishes and the specific treatment you need.

Breast cancer care

Spire Hartswood Hospital is a Bupa-approved breast cancer unit. Specialist breast care nurses work alongside our oncology nursing team to give breast cancer patients the best possible support from the point of diagnosis, through surgery and ongoing treatment, including breast reconstruction options.

Preventing hair loss

At Spire Hartswood Hospital we understand that losing your hair can be very distressing and the psychological effects can be lasting.  We use a Paxman Orbis Scalp Cooling System which has been shown to be effective in preventing or reducing the degree of hair loss. Many insurance companies will cover the cost of the treatment but, in instances where it isn't covered, a fixed price can be agreed in advance for patients wishing to self-fund.

Home care and hospice care

When needed, our oncology team liaises with the Macmillan service and your GP to offer further support within your own home or in a hospice setting.

Useful information

Further information and support

INSPIRE - cancer patient support group at Spire Hartswood Hospital

Any Spire Hartswood Hospital patient who has or is receiving cancer treatment or care with us can join INSPIRE. Once a month we meet locally to catch up, have a chat, share positive insights and experiences, support each other and  plan a group activity which ranges from go-karting to meals out. 

Download our INSPIRE leaflet or contact Alex Edghill at or phone 01277 266 793.


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Hartswood oncology team

Oncology Nurse, Cancer care Spire Hartswood private hosptial, Essex

Brenda Gosney, lead oncology nurse

Consultant oncologists and haematologists

In addition, consultant dermatologists and plastic surgeons treat all types of skin cancer - please call us on 01277 266 761 for details.

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