Upper Gastrointestinal


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  • Surgery is undertaken at either Kingston Hospital or Royal Marsden, Chelsea
  • Chemotherapy is delivered in the Sir William Rous Unit, Kingston Hospital within the Royal Marsden Medical Day Unit

Radiotherapy is provided at the Royal Marsden Hospital (Fulham or Sutton)

Holistic Needs Assessment

People with cancer often require care, support and information in addition to the management of their cancer or condition.

A holistic needs assessment is a discussion with a doctor or nurse to talk about physical, emotional and social needs. The focus is on the patient as a whole – not just their illness. A doctor or nurse will gather information from the patient, however much they would like to share about their current situation. This is an opportunity for them to talk about any worries or concerns they may have. It will help to clarify their needs and ensure that they are referred to the relevant services.

In order to prepare for this discussion, patients may be asked to complete a questionnaire to bring to their next consultation. This is not compulsory and not having this assessment will not affect their care. However, many patients find having an assessment helpful as it can help to identify what help is available.

It may be offered at certain times during care, including:

  • Around the time of diagnosis or start of treatment
  • The end of treatment – when surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy has been completed
  • Any time the patient asks for one

It may be carried out over the phone.

With the patient's agreement the doctor or nurse carrying out the assessment may refer them to other services that may be of help. Alternatively, if preferred, written information can be given about these services.

Key Staff

Consultant Gastroenterologists & Consultant Surgeons - specialising in diagnosing the cancer:

  • Dr Markus Gess
  • Dr Neil Galletly
  • Dr Helen Matthews
  • Dr Anton Bungay
  • Dr Lay May See
  • Dr Rishi Goel
  • Dr Ralph Greaves

Contact Number - 020 8934 2099

  • Mr Peter Willson
  • Mr Jean Deguara
  • Mr Michail Kourkoulos

Contact Number - 020 8934 6041

Consultant Medical Oncologist - specialising in drug treatment, based at the Royal Marsden Hospital:

  • Dr Sheela Rao - Kingston: 020 8934 3061 Royal Marsden Hospital:020 8661 3159

Consultant Clinical Oncologist - specialising in radiotherapy, based at the Royal Marsden Hospital:

  • Dr Katharine Aitken - Royal Marsden:  020 8661 3664

Consultant Radiologist - Dr Michael Lynch

Consultant Histopathologist - Dr Yasir Alwahab

Cancer Nurse Specialist - Hazel Shepherd - 0208 934 3734 or bleep 078

Oncology Dietitian - Liz Pryde - 020 8973 5275

Further Support Charities

There are local and national organisations and centres which offer information, support and supportive therapies which you may find helpful.

Some are listed below

Macmillan Cancer Support

Tel: 0808 808 00 00


Cancer Research UK

Freephone: 0808 800 4040


Digestive Disorders Foundation


The Oesophageal Patients Association

Tel 0121 704 9860


Pancreatic Cancer UK

Tel 020 3535 7099


The Butterfly Information Centre (Epsom)

Tel: 01372 735456


The Mulberry Centre (Isleworth)

Tel 0208 321 6300





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