Our cancer services aim to provide the highest quality service in line with national cancer targets. This means if you have been referred to us because it is suspected that you may have cancer, you will been seen urgently, within two weeks of referral of a GP referral.
When you have your appointments at the hospital there may be some tests that the clinician will need to perform. Most tests are performed in the outpatient department, however, some will require a stay in hospital. If you require any tests your doctor and specialist nurse will provide you will all the information you will need.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your case will be discussed with a Multidisciplinary team (MDT) of specialist doctors and nurses every week. Your case will be reviewed before, during and after your treatment by the MDT. The MDT discussions guide individual specialists and their teams to decide the best treatment to offer you.
The cancer nursing team are clinical nurse specialists (CNS) who support patients through diagnosis and treatment by:
- Advising on symptom control
- Providing information about tests and treatment
- Liaising with specialist doctors
- Assisting with discharge planning and financial support
- Providing emotional support to patients and their families.
A Clinical Nurse Specialist will be your designated key worker who, with your consent, will be responsible for:
- Ensuring you, your relatives and friends have access to information, expert advice and support about cancer and its management
- Helping you to contact members of the MDT as you require
- Referring you to another key-worker should you be cared for at another hospital or in the community.
The team provide a number of services including:
We provide a comprehensive cancer care service as part of the London Cancer Alliance, working in partnership with other local cancer centres to ensure patients reach an optimal state of health and realise their full potential.