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Upper Gastro-intestinal Cancers
Who are we?
We are a team of nurses who specialise in the care and support of people with suspected or diagnosed upper Gastro-intestinal cancers. This may include cancers of the stomach, oesophagus, pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder and primary liver. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (sometimes called a CNS) is available to every patient diagnosed with upper GI cancer. We may also be referred to as your Key Worker. Many people will be involved in your care and they form the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), your Key Worker is the link between you and the other MDT members throughout your treatment.
What do we do?
We are there to support you at every stage of your disease including:
- During treatment
- After treatment
- Any recurrence of your cancer
We can support you, your relatives and carers by providing information about tests and investigations, current illness and possible treatments. We can offer advice and support about side-effects related to your treatment and how best to manage them.
If you have any concerns relating to your diagnosis, treatment and aftercare please contact us.
How can we help?
We provide a point of contact and support for you and your family from the time of diagnosis. The diagnosis of cancer can be a very uncertain time. By providing clear accurate information to you, we hope to reduce some of the fears and anxieties that you may be facing.
We can explain what the planned investigations are for and what they will involve.
We will liaise on your behalf with other healthcare professionals, both in hospital and in the community.
If we are unable to help with an enquiry, we will speak to the relevant Consultant or health care professional and try to find the information you need. If you wish, we can also speak to your relatives or carers, as they may have their own questions about your illness or treatment.
We can arrange a referral to the community Macmillan Nurses for specialist advice.
We can also help with controlling your symptoms such as:
- Swallowing difficulties
How to contact us?
If you have any questions about your treatment or investigations please contact your Key Worker or Care Co-ordinator on:
YORK: 01904 726482
SCARBOROUGH: 01723 236259