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Cancer Services
Bone Cancer and Sarcoma
Brain and Central Nervous System Cancer
Breast Cancer
Children, teenagers and young adults
Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer
Lower Gastrointestinal Cancer
Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
Gynaecological Cancer
Haematological Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Lung Cancer
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Urological Cancer
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Cancer services

Who the service is for

Adults, children and young people requiring cancer diagnosis and treatment.

About the service

We provide a wide range of cancer diagnosis and treatment services. These include:

  • Bone cancer and sarcoma – diagnosis, follow-up care
  • Brain and central nervous system cancer – diagnosis, follow-up care
  • Breast cancer – diagnosis, surgery, follow-up care 
  • Upper gastrointestinal cancer (oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver) - diagnosis, staging.
  • Lower gastrointestinal cancer (bowel) – diagnosis, surgery, follow-up care
  • Gynaecological cancer (ovary, womb (uterus/endometrial), cervix, vagina and vulva) – diagnosis, surgery, follow-up care
  • Haematological cancer (blood) – diagnosis, chemotherapy, follow-up care
  • Head and neck cancer (tongue, pharynx, tonsil, throat, vocal cord, larynx, thyroid) – diagnosis
  • Lung cancer – diagnosis, surgery, follow-up care
  • Skin cancer – diagnosis, surgery, follow-up care
  • Teenage and young adults – diagnosis and treatment
  • Urological cancer (testicular, bladder, prostate, kidney) – diagnosis, chemotherapy for bladder cancer, follow-up care

We also provide services for children with cancer, and patients where their primary cancer is unknown.

Apart from where specified above, patients who need chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment will receive this at Southend Hospital.

Patient care

All cancer referrals are centrally managed by our cancer services team, to help minimise avoidable delays for patients.

Every patient has a named clinician, and a trained specialist cancer nurse who will be their keyworker. The keyworker provides continuing support, liaises with the patient's GP and community team, and provides patients with information about their condition and treatment plus a range of general information about living with cancer.

Acute Oncology Service

Cancer patients can experience side effects or complications as a result of their condition or the treatment they are receiving. These are most likely to occur within six weeks of treatment. The acute oncology service provides assessment and advice for patients who have received treatment for cancer within the last six weeks offering faster administration of antibiotics and reduced length of stay in hospital.

Inpatient facilities

Orsett Ward at Basildon University Hospital is a dedicated cancer ward.

Elsdon Ward at Basildon University Hospital provides inpatient care for women with gynaecology problems, including gynaecology cancer.

Support for patients

Counselling and psychological support

Our counsellor and our Psychosocial Support Worker are funded by Macmillan. They see patients and relatives who are dealing with any sort of illness, but particularly those with cancer or receiving palliative care. The sessions allow them to work through the emotions and feelings associated with dealing with a life-changing diagnosis. The service can be contacted on 01268 394740.

Macmillan Information Point

There is an information point in the Outpatient Department at Basildon University Hospital, providing information and advice about different cancers, treatments and services, and a mobile information service has recently been introduced – taking information to the wards. The information point is open at the following times: 
Monday, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday, 9am – 4.30pm
Wednesday, 9am – 4.30pm
Thursday, 9am – 4.30pm
Friday, 9am – 12.30pm

When the Information point is closed people affected by cancer can contact the Information Resource Service at St Lukes House on: 01375 648170, Monday – Friday, 9am-4.30pm or the Macmillan Cancer Support helpline on: 0808 808 0000.

In addition, welfare benefit advice sessions are held every Monday morning and Friday afternoon, for cancer patients and carers. To make an appointment please telephone: 0800 019 6003 or email

Support groups

Your Clinical Nurse Specialist will be able to advise you about the support groups close to where you live, and the local cancer services user group.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:21

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  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
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