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The lead nurse heads the nursing team for cancer services and is the Trust's lead cancer nurse. The ward manager, supported by three team leaders, chemotherapy nurses, and a team of registered nurses and health care assistants, manages Somersham Ward on a day-to-day basis.

Based in the day unit, a sister, supported by a junior sister and staff nurses, manages the outpatient department. Registered nurses run outpatient clinics on a named nurse per consultant basis, supported by healthcare assistants. The nursing team also benefits from the following posts:

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists for Palliative Care x 3

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist (breast) and Nurse Specialist (metastatic breast)

These nurse specialists offer extensive information and support to breast cancer patients who are to receive chemotherapy, monoclonal antibodies, or hormone manipulation, and those who require palliative management. Their aim is to provide patients with the ability to make informed decisions about their treatment. Patients are supported throughout their treatment schedule and for the following 2-10 years.

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist (gynaecology)

The nurse specialist can answer questions on diagnosis and treatment and help patients and their families understand what is happening at each stage of treatment. The nurse is available to see all patients receiving chemotherapy for gynaecology cancer, as well as patients with head and neck cancer. Specific information can be provided to help both patients and their families throughout treatment along with coordination of care with other departments as necessary.

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist (lymphoma)

Clinical Nurse Specialist (haematology - to support transplants)

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist (uro-oncology)

The uro-oncology specialists can answer questions about diagnosis and disease, as well as treatment plans and what they might involve. They can explain the options and help patients to understand what is happening at each stage of their illness and treatment. They are available for all patients with prostate, bladder, kidney, penile, testicular, urethral and ureteric cancers. They are available to speak to family, friends and partners to support them in coming to terms with their feelings regarding the illness in order that they can support the patient. All patient information is treated in the strictest confidence.

The uro-oncology specialists provide advice, information and support by telephone, in clinics, on the wards and on the day unit, a telephone follow-up clinic for men with stable prostate cancer and a decision support clinic with the uro-oncology radiotherapy specialist for patients making decisions about treatment options. They also link with other members of the team involved in care and treatment, both in the hospital and the community. They support the East Suffolk Prostate Cancer Support Group which meets at the hospital bi-monthly and link to other sources of emotional, social and financial support. They also provide comprehensive written information folders.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (colorectal) Clinical Nurse Specialist (lung)

The lung nurse specialist is available throughout patients cancer journey. The nurse will meet patients at the time of diagnosis, provide support and answer any questions relating to disease and treatment. The nurse will also link between other health care professionals and give advice on symptom management and financial support.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (counselling and complimentary therapies)