Posted on: April 29, 2015

St Mark’s New Gastrointestinal Consequences of Cancer Service

St Mark’s Hospital is welcoming a new service on 1st May 2015 to manage the gastrointestinal consequences of cancer.

Most cancer survivors will not have any long-term lower GI consequences of their cancer or its treatment. However, some will develop problems including chronic diarrhoea, faecal incontinence, urgency, pain, bleeding and excessive flatulence, particularly following pelvic radiotherapy and surgery. Quality of life can be adversely affected.

St Mark’s will offer a specialist multidisciplinary service to help patients with GI problems after pelvic radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. The service will offer a range of treatment options for symptoms such as diarrhoea, incontinence, severe pain and rectal bleeding following urological, gynaecological or bowel cancers.

This service will be led by Dr Ana Wilson; Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson; Consultant Gastroenterologist and Endoscopy Lead, Dr Claire Taylor; Macmillan Nurse Consultant in Colorectal Cancer.

For further information visit St Mark’s Hospital’s patient services website.