The patient pathway
The Upper Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancer service is co-ordinated by the Upper GI Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). The upper GI cancer nurse specialists provide support to each individual through the patient pathway from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up including supportive care.
Key decisions regarding the diagnostic tests required and potential treatment options of each patient are made at the weekly MDT meetings which are attended by the members of the MDT. Patients are seen in clinic by the specialists or contacted by the upper GI cancer nurse specialist to discuss options prior to treatment.
Patients are encouraged to ask any questions or raise any concerns during the clinic consultations and the team will do their best to help with any concerns. Written information is provided to patients about the diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients are given a copy letter of the consultations as a record.
Additional support and information can be helpful and is worth discussing this first with an upper GI nurse specialist to see what is the most appropriate intervention.
There is a strong commitment to research and the MDT actively recruits to a number of multicentre clinical trials.