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Upper GI (gastrointestinal) cancer: information and support


This gives you information on the role and contact details for your upper GI 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?

phone iconYour Clinical Nurse Specialist
Direct line: 020 8934 3734

Macmillan 24-hour hotline
For all patients under the care of the Royal Marsden (Fulham, Sutton or Kingston branches)
020 8915 6899

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 upper GI 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 upper GI cancer MDT?

Clinical oncologist A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other cancer drugs
Medical oncologist A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with chemotherapy and other cancer drugs
Gastrointestinal consultantA doctor who treats lung problems
SurgeonA doctor who performs operations
RadiologistA doctor who performs investigations including X-rays and ultrasounds
Histopathologist A doctor who examines patient samples and specimens
CNSA clinical nurse specialist who represents your views at the MDT
MDT coordinator A clinician who makes sure MDT meetings take place when needed


Treatments for upper gastrointestinal cancers include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapies and supportive and palliative care.

  • Surgery takes place at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham Road.
  • Radiotherapy takes place at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea or Sutton.
  • Unless you are taking part in a trial, you will be given chemotherapy in The Sir William Rous Unit at Kingston Hospital.
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

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Cancer Research UK


More information

NHS information on lung cancer

Macmillan: general advice on cancer support services offered nationwide
0808 808 0000 (freephone). Seven days a week, 8 am to 8 pm

Macmillan: advice on benefits and financial support
020 7042 0332. Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm (excl public holidays)

Cancer Research UK information on cancer
0808 800 4040 (freephone). Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Cancer Care Map: find cancer support services near you

Cancer Wellbeing London: health and wellbeing events in your area

Upper GI (gastrointestinal) cancer_ information and support - Kingston Hospital Download PDF


Kingston Hospital Cancer Counselling Service, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 020 8934 2114
Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service 020 8973 5001
Kingston Hospital Upper GI CNS team 020 8934 3734

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