giving you written information and explaining things so you and your family understand your diagnosis and care
offering advice on dealing with problems caused by your diagnosis or treatment
listening and giving emotional or practical support
offering information about services and other organisations
talking about your diagnosis and care with other health and social care professionals, for example a dietician or social worker.
How do we decide what treatment to offer you?
In line with national guidelines, decisions on the best way to treat your disease will involve a range of specialists meeting together to discuss treatment options. This is called a Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting.
At these MDT meetings, the specialists in colorectal cancer will review your diagnosis and your scans and test results.
Your CNS is at all MDT meetings to represent your views and to feed back the discussion to you if you want them to.
When the team has gathered all the necessary information, which can sometimes take time, they will discuss your case to plan your best treatment options.
This plan will be discussed and agreed with you at your next clinic appointment.
What type of specialists make up the colorectal cancer MDT?
The colorectal MDT is made up of the following:
A senior doctor who performs operations
A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with chemotherapy and other cancer drugs
A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other cancer drugs
A doctor who performs investigations including X-rays and ultrasounds
A doctor who examines patient samples and specimens
Stoma care nurse
A nurse who looks after patients with a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy
A clinical nurse specialist who represents your views at the MDT
A clinician who makes sure MDT meetings take place when needed
Kingston Hospital provides support and information services. These include counselling, complementary therapies and a variety of workshops for cancer patients and their carers. See Contacts section or use the QR code.
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