Investigation & Treatment

By the time it has been suggested you meet with one of our oncologists it is likely you will already have seen several other doctors. Often the journey starts with a visit to your General Practitioner (GP) and we are conscious they remain you primary point of contact during and after any treatment we deliver. We endeavour to keep both your GP (and the specialist to whom your GP will have initially referred you) fully informed with all aspects of your cancer care.

Often your specialist will have performed several tests to make a diagnosis and which allow us to consider the best treatment options – these tests often include a biopsy (a sample of tissue for analysis), blood tests and scans.

We take account of the results of these tests in weighing up the varied treatment options available. Commonly treatments may include drug treatment (chemotherapy), treatment with X-rays (radiotherapy) or perhaps the use of hormones or antibodies (biological therapies). Not infrequently treatments are combined.

The medical treatments for cancer can sometimes be associated with side-effects and we endeavour to prevent these as much as possible through the use of the most up to date supportive treatments. It is important you discuss any side-effects you are experiencing with your oncologist and the specialist nursing team.

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