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Colorectal cancer: information and support

https://kingstonhospital.nhs.uk/information/colorectal-cancer-2

This gives you information on the role and contact details for your colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS).

You have been referred to the CNS because your doctor suspects or has found that you have a cancer diagnosis.

The CNS will be your main point of contact throughout your diagnosis and treatment.

How can I contact my CNS?

Your Clinical Nurse Specialist
Direct line: 020 8934 3069. Leave a message on answerphone if we do not pick up

Colorectal Patient Pathway Coordinators
020 8934 6041 option 2

How can my CNS help me?

Your CNS can help by:

  • 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:

SurgeonA senior doctor who performs operations
Medical oncologistA doctor who specialises in treating cancer with chemotherapy and other cancer drugs
Clinical oncologist A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other cancer drugs
RadiologistA doctor who performs investigations including X-rays and ultrasounds
Histopathologist A doctor who examines patient samples and specimens
Stoma care nurseA nurse who looks after patients with a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy
CNSA clinical nurse specialist who represents your views at the MDT
MDT coordinatorA 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.Kingston Hospital general cancer services QR code

Language translation

If you need help with language translation, email the Colorectal CNS department (see Contacts section) and they will arrange this for you.

Translated information is available in some languages from:

Macmillan Cancer Support
www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/get-help/in-your-language

Cancer Research UK
www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/coping/general-books-links/cancer-information-other-languages/resources-other-languages

More information


Information about Kingston Hospital Colorectal Cancer department
www.kingstonhospital.nhs.uk/department/lower-gastrointestinal-cancer/

Bowel Cancer UK information on colorectal cancer
Tel: 020 7940 1760, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Macmillan: general advice on cancer support services offered nationwide
0808 800 0000 (freephone). Seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm
www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support

Macmillan: advice on benefits and financial support
Tel: 020 7042 0332, Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 5 pm (excl public holidays)
https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/get-help/financial-and-work/welfare-rights-advice

Cancer Research UK information on colorectal cancer
0808 800 4040 (freephone). Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer

Cancer Wellbeing London: find health and wellbeing events in your area
cancerwellbeinglondon.nhs.uk/

Cancer Care Map: find cancer support services near you
www.cancercaremap.org
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Contacts

Kingston Hospital Colorectal CNS Department 020 8934 3069
khft.colorectalcancercns@nhs.net
Kingston Hospital Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm 020 8973 5001
khft.macinfoswru@nhs.net
Kingston Hospital Cancer Counselling Service, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 020 8934 2114
khft.cancercounsellingservice@nhs.net

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