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The Imperial Cancer Research UK Centre will see more than 200 clinicians and scientists from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London working together to develop breakthrough treatments for the disease.

Philip O’Driscoll, 34, was treated using robotic surgery after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in November 2009. He was treated at St Mary’s Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare.

Philip, a personal trainer, from Paddington, West London, said: “The tumour was only found by accident while I was being treated for an unrelated illness. I didn’t realise at the time that the robotic treatment I was having was so new.