An average of 115 people are diagnosed with colorectal (bowel) cancer every day in the UK, that’s 41,854 per year. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK; however 90% of cases can be treated successfully if diagnosed early.
Most patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer are aged between 60 and 80 but it can occur at any age. The Royal Berkshire Hospital sees just over 300 new colorectal cancer patients per year.
What does the Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) do?
A cancer clinical nurse specialist aims to offer support, guidance and coordinate your care whilst offering continuity through being a central point of contact. All cancer patients should have access to a CNS. The CNS is usually present in clinic at diagnosis together with a consultant. The CNS acts as a link between you and the various other healthcare professionals / hospitals involved in your care. We also liaise with GPs and other community carers to ensure high levels of care in the community. We work closely with a team of consultant surgeons, consultant oncologist (cancer doctor), medical staff, radiologists and pathologists. Together we form a multidisciplinary team (MDT). The CNS is a core member of the MDT and acts as your key worker and advocate throughout your care.
Colorectal CNS contact details
The CNS team can be contacted via telephone between the hours of 08:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday. We will endeavour to return your call within 24 working hours as we may be seeing other patients in clinics.
Contact details: 0118 322 7182
There is an answer-phone facility so please leave a message with your name and contact details
Or email on:
Information / website links
Bowel cancer UK: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Cancer Research UK: www.cancerresearchuk.org