Coronavirus: cancer update
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before attending the service.
About your appointment
Coming to an outpatient appointment can be stressful. You can bring a friend or relative with you to support you and help remember the information you are given. If you have any questions, it may be helpful to write them down beforehand so you get the most out of your appointment.
Before your appointment
- records of previous examinations or tests, eg x-rays
- any medications prescribed by your GP.
Cancelling or changing your appointment
See the top of the page for the clinic locations.
Clinics held in the Cancer Centre:
- medical oncology clinic – Monday (2pm-6pm) and Tuesday (9am-2pm)
- clinical oncology clinic – Tuesday (9am-2pm).
Clinics held in Gassiot House:
- joint surgical/oncology clinic – Wednesday (10.30am-1.30pm).
At your appointment
If you are a new patient, you will see the team in our Gassiot House Clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital. You may need to see a number of consultant specialists at the same visit, as well as clinical nurse specialists, dieticians and physiotherapists. You can expect to be in the department for about two to three hours.
If you are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy your appointments will be in the Cancer Centre at Guy's.
Specialist clinical nurses are available at all clinics.
As this is a teaching hospital, students supervised by qualified staff might be involved in your care. It is valuable training for students and does not affect the quality of your treatment in any way, but please tell us if you do not want them to be present or involved. We will always respect your wishes.
After your appointment
We will write a letter to your GP and send a copy of this to any other health professionals involved in your care. Your doctor will ask you if you would also like a copy.
If you need treatment
We provide all the services you may need, such as:
- image guided biopsy
- surgery – this may take place in the day surgery unit, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery, or you may need to stay on Sarah ward at Guy's Hospital or Alan Apley ward at St Thomas' Hospital.
- genetic assessment.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments are commonly given as an outpatient, so you will not need to stay overnight in hospital.
Oesophago-gastric cancer support group
We offer a drop-in support group for patients diagnosed with oesophago-gastric cancer and their carers. It takes place on the third Monday of every month between 11am and 12.30pm. It has information about all aspects of cancer and can provide complementary therapy and psychological support. See the Dimbleby Cancer Care page.