Cancer services in Lewisham
Lewisham Hospital provides specialised cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, and forms part of the South East London Cancer Network.
Together with the South East London Cancer Network we are developing pathways to improve cancer waiting times and services. All members of the network work closely together to ensure that suspected cancers are investigated promptly and suitable courses of treatment are pursued. The cancer services team works closely with colleagues in other disciplines throughout the Trust to deliver patient-centred care.
Please refer to your appointment letter for the appropriate contact number.
Who is the service for?
The service is for all patients over the age of 18 years.
What conditions does the service treat?
The service treats the following forms of cancer:
- Acute oncology
- Head and neck
- Upper GI
What services are provided?
Lewisham provides BCSH Level 2 Chemotherapy services and is 100% compliant with standards for delivering Intrathecal Chemotherapy. The key tumour types treated are haemato-oncology, colorectal, lung and breast.
Cancer diagnosis and treatment often affect patient’s appetite and weight. The Macmillan dietician provides nutritional advice and support via a walk in clinic on a Wednesday and Friday morning. Both clinics are held in Suite 8, First Floor, Pink Zone. Bookings are made through the cancer specific CNS or via Suite 8 Reception On Ext 8508. Home visits are also made when appropriate.
Macmillan welfare benefits advice service for cancer patients
Any cancer patient receiving care at Lewisham can access the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Advice Service. The service provides confidential support to patients who need advice about benefits or have financial concerns due to their diagnosis and treatment. The service is available Monday mornings 10am–12 noon in Suite 8, First floor Pink Zone. To book an appointment call Suite 8 reception on Ext 8508.
The Macmillan palliative care team provides specialist palliative care support to inpatients at UHL and patients in their own home who are resident in the borough of Lewisham. The team works closely with other specialist palliative care providers in Lewisham including St Christopher’s Hospice and Guy’s community palliative care team.
Bowel cancer screening
Lewisham is the lead site for bowel cancer screening for south east London.
Stop smoking service
Any patient wanting to quit smoking during their treatment for cancer can be referred to the stop smoking clinics held on site. Appointments can be booked by referring clinicians completing the relevant referral form available electronically or in hard copy or by calling 07789 935489 or 0203 192 6917
Any cancer patient who is or has received treatment at Lewisham can access the newly formed wellbeing clinic that support patients to regain confidence and control in their lives, supporting them to live with the long term effects of cancer and its treatment. The clinic is in suite 8 on Fridays and can be booked through the cancer CNS or by contacting Mary Plumbridge, Occupational Therapist, on 020-8333-3000 ext 6365 or bleep 7720.
How can you get a referral?
Patients can be referred to the service by their GP.
Why choose Lewisham Hospital for your care?
- The cancer services team is a multi-disciplinary service, working closely with colleagues in other disciplines throughout the Trust and also at specialist designated centres across the sector. e.g. The Cancer Centre at Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospital to deliver patient-centred care
- The Trust now provides Lung Cancer chemotherapy, enabling patients diagnosed with lung cancer to receive their treatment closer to home. Treatment is available in the purpose built chemotherapy suite – David Whitmore Suite.
- During 2013 the Trust will provide chemotherapy for Breast Cancer patients so that this group of patients will also be able to receive chemotherapy treatment in their local hospital.
- Acute Oncology Services – Lewisham Hospital has implemented an Acute Oncology Service (AOS) in line with national Peer Review standards. This service provides timely assessment of patients admitted to the hospital with complications of their or their cancer treatment. The acute oncology service is now staffed by 2 consultant oncologists and 2 AOS CNSs. The team treat breast and lung cancer and are 50% at Lewisham, 50% at Guy's & St Thomas'.