Radiotherapy is provided at the Royal Marsden Hospital (Fulham or Sutton)
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:
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.
Consultant Gastroenterologists & Consultant Surgeons - specialising in diagnosing the cancer:
Contact Number - 020 8934 2099
Contact Number - 020 8934 6041
Consultant Medical Oncologist - specialising in drug treatment, based at the Royal Marsden Hospital:
Consultant Clinical Oncologist - specialising in radiotherapy, based at the Royal Marsden Hospital:
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
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