The upper part of your digestive system contains many areas that can be vulnerable to cancer. These include your oesophagus, stomach, pancreas and liver.
We offer a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment service.
Surgery is carried out at Kingston Hospital or the Royal Marsden in Chelsea.
Chemotherapy is delivered at Kingston, while radiotherapy is provided at the Royal Marsden in Chelsea or Sutton.
Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA)
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
Further support and information
Macmillan Cancer Support: www.macmillan.org.uk, 0808 808 0000
Cancer Research UK: www.cancerhelp.org.uk, 0808 800 4040
Digestive Disorders Foundation: www.corecharity.org.uk
Oesophageal Patients Association: www.opa.org.uk, 0121 704 9860
Pancreatic Cancer UK: www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk, 020 3535 7099
The Butterfly Information Centre (Epsom): 01372 735 456
The Mulberry Centre (Isleworth): 020 8321 6300