Cancer

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to make some temporary changes to our cancer services.

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We provide specialised cancer diagnosis, treatment and care to patients at University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Cancer services are provided by a multidisciplinary team and we work closely with other departments throughout the Trust to provide high quality care. We are part of the South East London Cancer Network and are linked to the Cancer Centres at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospitals.

We are constantly reviewing and improving how we work to ensure that suspected cancers are investigated promptly and suitable treatment is offered as soon as possible. This includes giving patients access to clinical trials. 

Your treatment may include surgery or chemotherapy which is administered at one of our hospitals.  For patients requiring radiotherapy, specialist haematology treatment, or complex surgery, we will refer you to our specialist colleagues at the Cancer Centres at Guy’s and St Thomas’ or King’s College Hospital.

 

Cancer services provided:

  • Acute Oncology Services
  • Breast
  • Cancer of unknown Primary
  • Chemotherapy Services
  • Colorectal Services
  • Skin
  • Gynaecological     
  • Head and neck
  • Haemato-oncology
  • Lung
  • Upper GI
  • Urology

Before we can see you in cancer services, you will need a referral from your GP.

 

Your care

9 out of 10 patients who are referred by their GP for further tests do not have cancer. However, it is important we carry out assessments and tests as soon as possible, so that those that patients who do have cancer can be quickly diagnosed and start any required treatment. It is therefore important that you attend your clinic appointment.

You may be seen in one of our outpatient clinics:

  • Macmillan Brook Unit, 1st Floor, Green Zone, Queen Elizabeth Hospital (view map)
  • Suite 8, 1st  Floor, Pink Zone, University Hospital Lewisham (view map).

Our clinics can be very busy and you may have to wait for your appointment. You may also need to have some tests on the day. We therefore recommend you allow the whole morning or afternoon for your appointment. You are welcome to bring a friend, relative or carer with you.

 

Your team

Your treatment will be planned by a multidisciplinary team made up of different health care professionals who will work together to coordinate your care needs. The professionals who make up your team will depend upon your type of cancer.  The multidisciplinary team may include:

  • A surgeon who has a special interest in your type of cancer
  • A medical oncologist: a doctor who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer with drugs including chemotherapy
  • A clinical oncologist who treats cancer with radiotherapy and may also prescribe chemotherapy
  • A haematologist who specialises in dianogising and treating blood disorders
  • A clinical specialist nurse who will provide information and support

Other healthcare specialists such as pharmacists, chemotherapy nurses or dietitians may also be involved in your care.

 

Living with and beyond cancer

We provide a programme of personalised care for patients. Find our more in the living with and beyond cancer section of our website.