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Dimbleby’s delight at progress of cancer care centre’s development

PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:41 29 October 2015

Eve Bignell, Guy's & St Thomas' and Jonathan Dimbleby with the construction team and volunteers from the current Douglas Macmillan Information Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital.

Eve Bignell, Guy's & St Thomas' and Jonathan Dimbleby with the construction team and volunteers from the current Douglas Macmillan Information Centre at Queen Mary's Hospital.

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Chair for Dimbleby Cancer Care visited the site of a developing cancer care centre, which will serve people in south east London and north Kent

Accessible cancer support is edging closer for people across south east London and North Kent.

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Cancer Centre will form part of the £30million redevelopment currently under way at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup and due to open next year.

Developers visited the site - among them TV presenter Jonathan Dimbleby who is chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care, which, along with Macmillan Cancer Support, is setting up the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre to set within the state-of-the-art complex.

The hospital itself is run by the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Dimbleby said: “You can see how the building is starting to take shape.

“It gives you a real feel for what an important role this centre will play in supporting people with cancer in London and Kent.”

It will administer radiotherapy to around 6,000 people and chemotherapy to between 4,000 and 6,000 patients each year.

More than 100 people in London and Kent are diagnosed with cancer every day, with these figures expected to almost double by 2030.

Senior Macmillan development manager for south-east London, Sarah Gigg, said: “By 2030, thousands more people in the area will need medical, practical and emotional support.

“For this reason we are very proud to be developing the centre, helping people affected by cancer in the area, during and after treatment.”

The Dimbleby Macmillan Care Centre will be open five days of the week and will be supported by volunteers.

The care centre is costing some £200,000.

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