Colorectal cancer 

UCLH is an established tertiary referral colorectal unit. We offer comprehensive surgical and medical treatment for anal, colon and rectal cancers. At UCLH we offer a range of services including:

Surgery:
Our colorectal service has a ‘target referral’ system and fast-tracks investigations for the management of all suspected colorectal cancer. It also provides specialist surgical treatment for some patients within the London Cancer Sector diagnosed with primary and recurrent bowel / anal cancer.  In addition to conventional surgery, the service also offers minimal access or keyhole surgery for many patients requiring an operation. The trust also runs a nurse-led follow-up service for patients who have completed treatment to provide continuity of care, symptom management and to manage survivorship issues.

Radiotherapy
We provide a unique service for patients using a combination of PET-fusion and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to allow tissue-sparing and to reduce the long-term side effects of treatment.

Chemotherapy
We offer an outpatient chemotherapy service for all patients. Our team includes those involved in national trials and as such we offer patients access to both phase 1, 2 and 3 trials. We also work closely with the oncology dietician who is available to see patients in the clinic.

Radiofrequency ablation / TACE
We offer an exceptional service for suitable patients with metastatic colorectal disease.

Colonic stenting
We provide a daily colonic stenting service for patients admitted who are in obstruction.

Bowel cancer screening
UCLH is the North London screening centre for the national bowel cancer screening programme.

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  • Conditions treated

    Adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum, squamous cell carcinoma of anus.

    At UCLH we offer a range of services for the treatment of colorectal and anal cancer.

    Surgery
    We offer a laparoscopic service for all patients who are suitable for this type of surgery. We are the NLCN surgical centre for anal cancer. We work closely with the Hepatobilary team in offering liver resections for patients with liver metastases and with the thoracic team for those with lung metastases. We also offer patients opportunities to be involved in surgical and histopathology trials.

    Radiotherapy
    We provide a unique service for patients using a combination of PET-fusion and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to allow tissue-sparing and to reduce the long-term side effects of treatment.

    Chemotherapy
    We offer an outpatient chemotherapy service for all patients. Our team includes those involved in national trials and as such we offer patients access to both phase 1, 2 and 3 trials. We also work closely with the oncology dietician who is available to see patients in the clinic.

    Radiofrequency ablation
    We offer an exceptional service for suitable patients with metastatic colorectal disease, run by Dr Alice Gillams.  

    Colonic stenting
    We provide a daily colonic stenting service for patients admitted who are in obstruction.

    Bowel cancer screening
    UCLH is the North London screening centre for the national bowel cancer screening programme.

  • Patient support services

    Support is available from  the colorectal and anal cancer clinical nurse specialist

    Telephone: 020 3447 9188 or 07949 596 391
    Email: jacquie.peck@uclh.nhs.uk

    Further support can be given by
    The Macmillan Information Centre
    UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre
    Ground Floor
    Huntley Street
    London WC1E 6AG

  • Patient aftercare

    We run a nurse-led follow-up clinic for all patients following a five-year protocol and to assist in managing any other needs the patient may have during this time.
Dr David Walker Colorectal cancer, Critical care, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

 Contact details

Colorectal cancer
University College Hospital
235 Euston Road
London, NW1 2BU
Outpatients Department
25 Grafton Way
London, WC1E 6AU
 

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 4927

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 4927
Fax: 020 3447 9218
Email: jennifer.holland2@uclh.nhs.uk

Service manager - Dylan Smiley
Email: dylan.smiley@uclh.nhs.uk

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