Blood Cancer is an umbrella term for cancers that affect the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system. There are three main groups of blood cancer: Leukaemia (acute and chronic), Lymphoma and Myeloma. At Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation trust we offer a comprehensive diagnostic service, including lymph node biopsies, bone marrow biopsies and specialist scanning. In some cases you may need to travel to another cancer centre i.e. St Georges Hospital for Specialist biopsies of the chest area or the Royal Marsden Hospital for radiotherapy. As a patient at Kingston you will be offered a choice of centre to be treated if you require a stem cell transplant. This may be either at St. George’s, The Royal Marsden or Hammersmith Hospital. Our pathology service provides expert support for blood test analysis.
Treatments will depend on what type of blood cancer you have, how advanced and aggressive the disease is and the individual patient’s health. The treatment may consist of chemotherapy (tablets or intravenous infusions), radiotherapy and sometimes stem cell transplants. Chemotherapy treatment and supportive treatments are provided in the Haematology Day Care Unit situated on Level 4, Roehampton Wing. You will be allocated a key worker and have access to 24 hour advice.
What is a Holistic Needs Assessment ( HNA)
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 your doctor or nurse to talk about your physical, emotional and social needs. The focus is on you as a whole – not just your illness. Your doctor or nurse will need information from you. However, you decide how much information you would like to share about your current situation. This is an opportunity for you to talk about any worries or concerns you may have. It will help to clarify your needs and ensure that you are referred to the relevant services.
In order to prepare for this discussion, you may be asked to complete a questionnaire to bring to your next consultation.
This is not compulsory and not having this assessment will not affect your 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 your care, including:
It may be carried out over the phone.
With your agreement the doctor or nurse carrying out your assessment may refer you to other services that may be of help to you. Alternatively, if you prefer, you will be given written information about these services.
Our team consists of four haemato-oncology consultants:
Contact Number for the above consultants - 0208 934 3515/2032
Your treatment will be co-ordinated with the support of a Clinical Nurse Specialist:
We have a dedicated Senior Haematology Pharmacist. The team is also supported by a radiologist, histopathologist, palliative care nurse and counselling service
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