Cancer nursing 

All nursing in the service is of a specialist nature in both adult and adolescent nursing. All of our nursing staff have undergone postgraduate cancer nursing training and education, often at MSc level. We combine this academic foundation with a strong service ethic in which large parts of the day-to-day running of the service are 'nurse-led' to the benefit of patients and their families.
 
We have strong nursing links with our network hospitals and take a lead nationally in areas such as peripheral/central intravenous line insertion and apheresis. 
 
Conditions treated

The Cancer Nursing Service treats a wide range of rare and common cancers including blood, lung, brain, sarcoma, gynaecological, bowel and urinary cancers.

As well as a large adult service we have a dedicated service for adolescent patients and young adults in which care is delivered in age-appropriate facilities with extended psychological and social support services. 

Patient support services

Patients will be supported by a number of different specialist nurses as they progress through their treatment 'pathway'.

It is our aim that all patients have one specific point of nursing contact. This is usually the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for the disease/speciality. The CNS will liase with patients while at home and ensure they are well prepared for any hospital visits.

One of the primary roles of the CNS is to ensure the patient is happy with the level of information they receive about their treatments.

As well as comprehensive clinical support the service also provides psychological and social support. Psychological support ranges from psycho-therapy and/or counselling to complementary therapies such as reflexology, massage and healing. Social support includes specialists in providing welfare and financial advice and social work.
 
Patient aftercare

Cancer treatments invariably involve a number of treatments in different hospitals. Staff such as the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) will ensure that patients are well looked after pre and post admission to hospital. This may involve no more than ensuring the patient is given useful information about their next admission. Equally, it may involve the CNS setting up and co-ordinating care in the patients home via their local GP and district nurses.

If in doubt, we ask patients to contact their CNS. If the patient feels this is unclear, they should contact the senior nurses for Oncology and Haematology on 020 3447 7150.

 Contact details

Cancer nursing
University College Hospital
Inpatient wards
235 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BU
University College Hospital
Outpatients
UCH Podium
235 Euston Road
London
 NW1 2BU
University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
Huntley Street
London
WC1E 6AG

GP enquiries
Fax: 020 3447 9900

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