If you have cancer, you often need care, support and information above and beyond the management of your condition.
At a holistic needs assessment, a doctor or nurse will discuss your physical, emotional and social needs. It’s about you as a whole, not just your illness.
This is a chance for you to share as much as you want about your worries and concerns. It will help us to clarify your needs and make sure you are referred to the relevant services.
It’s not compulsory, and if you decide not to have an HNA it won’t affect your care. But many patients find it useful because it identifies what help is available – and the doctor or nurse carrying it out can refer you to other services.
An HNA may be offered:
Around the time of diagnosis or start of treatment
When surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy has been completed
Any time a patient asks for one
Did you know? Compared to the national average, more patients treated for bowel cancer at Kingston Hospital have minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which is considered to be the gold standard – National Bowel Cancer Audit (NBOCAP)
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