Oak Centre for Children and Young People

Child patient

Today, because of your support, there is a world-class cancer centre for children and young people at our Sutton hospital.

The Oak Centre for Children and Young People is one of the largest comprehensive children and young people’s cancer centres in Europe. Over 5,000 day patients and 600 inpatients will receive treatment there every year.

Patient-centred design

The centre was designed around the needs of our young patients and their families. In fact, many children and young people who have been treated at The Royal Marsden contributed to the layout, design and colour schemes for the interior of the centre.

We created an environment with a variety of different spaces that all contribute to children’s and young people’s comfort, engagement and positive frame of mind. Our patients have places where they can carry out normal routines – schoolrooms in which they can study, playrooms, a chill-out zone and an outdoor roof terrace. All the bed spaces can be personalised, and each space has television and Wi-Fi internet access, letting them stay connected with family and friends.

In 2011, HRH The Duke of Cambridge opened the Oak Centre for Children and Young People.

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Drug development

A major aspect of the centre is its drug development programme. For the first time in the world, young patients can be offered early access to clinical trials of anti-cancer drugs that have been developed onsite by leading experts from The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research.

Our ambition to cure children with cancer has led to the OCCYP becoming the UK’s leading centre for paediatric phase I and II clinical trials. We play a key role in the development of new drugs for childhood cancers in Europe, and there are currently 12 trials running.

This increase in the number of studies means we have more treatment options for a wider range of difficult-to-treat paediatric cancers than ever before.

Your support

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity contributed £16 million to the cost of the Oak Centre for Children and Young People.

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“The investment in a new centre will benefit young patients for years to come.”
– Louise Soanes, TCT Nurse Consultant

Amount donated by The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity