The Oak Cancer Centre Appeal

One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives, but life doesn't stop with a diagnosis. Our new Oak Cancer Centre will speed up the translation of world-leading research into breakthroughs in patient care, transforming the lives of cancer patients at The Royal Marsden and beyond.

We need your help to make it happen.

Our state-of-the-art centre means

350 health professionals

health professionals providing expert care

330 clinical researchers

clinical researchers working together 

140,000 visits from cancer patients

visits from cancer patients each year

£70 million

to make it a reality

A hub for innovation and discovery

The new centre will bring together over 300 of our clinical researchers alongside our patients, in one building, for the first time. Designed to nurture collaboration at every level, it will transform the way we work.

Earlier diagnosis for more cancers

Diagnosing cancer at an early stage saves lives. With a unit dedicated to detecting many different cancers, our new centre will not only help more people receive an early diagnosis, it will help our researchers find new and faster ways to identify the disease.

There for every person who needs us

Cancer incidence is increasing, but when the Oak Cancer Centre opens in 2022, we’ll be able to see thousands more patients every year. Our clinical capacity will grow by at least 40%, giving more people access to our clinical trials programme and the newest treatment options.

The best possible patient environment

When they’re at their most vulnerable, the new centre will support our patients’ wellbeing, dignity and privacy to make their experience as positive as it can be. We want to create a comfortable and modern patient environment.

Our Appeal Board members

  • Michael E Slade OBE - Chairman
  • Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
  • Robin Broadhurst CVO CBE FRICS
  • John Caulcutt
  • Richard Cormack
  • Irene Dorner
  • Robin Edwards
  • Andrew Fisher OBE
  • Simon Hall MBE
  • Peter Lord
  • Roger Orf
  • Oliver Pawle
  • David Pettman
  • Lord Rowe-Beddoe of Kilgetty DL
  • David Williams

We have the experience and expertise, with some of the greatest minds in cancer research and treatment working here. But we don’t have the infrastructure we need.

This centre will enable us to treat more people in a facility that has been designed to enhance their world-class care.

Dr Nicholas van As, Medical Director