Gordon Survivorship Centre

Supporting you in your cancer journey to help adapt to life alongside cancer

Cancer

Our service aims to meet your individual needs, bringing services together through information giving and signposting. Navigating you through the world of Guy's Cancer and beyond. We can connect you to programmes and events within our centre and in local communities.

We work in partnership with Dimbleby Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and other cancer charities. We also work closely with our doctors, specialist nurses and allied health professionals.

The Gordon Survivorship Centre will offer up-to-date information, advice and support from point of diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Linking in with your treatment plans and working closely with community services, ensuring a more seamless transition to care services.

We understand the value of identifying new ways to work with and support our patients and carers, and encourage research within our centre.

  • Support at our Trust 

    On treatment and feeling unwell

    • Acute oncology services (8am-6.15pm) 020 7188 3754.

      This service is available 24/7 on 020 7188 3754. Calls made outside of Monday to Friday, 8.30am-6.15pm will be directed to switchboard who can contact the on-call doctor. 

      A healthcare professional will advise you what you need to do next.

    • CNS Helpline 020 7188 7339.

    Information and advice, complementary therapy, psychological support

    • Dimbleby Cancer Care 020 7188 5918 (reception) or 020 7188 5929 (specialist information nurses) self-refer for complementary therapy, psychological support or benefits advice services. Their services are open to patients and their carers.

    Therapies and well-being

    • Physiotherapy 020 7188 9654 or email active.you@gstt.nhs.uk for self-referrals.
    • Dietitian 020 7188 4128 for self-referrals 1:1 or group treatments available.
    • Occupational therapy 020 7188 4185.
    • Stop smoking team 020 7188 0995 or email stopsmoking@gstt.nhs.uk.
    • Lymphoedema team 020 7188 4749 (you need a referral from your GP, health professional, oncologist or nurse to access this service).
  • Our founder's story – Rola Gordon

    "My reason for being here, as you may know, my personal story starts with being a cancer patient...

    10 years ago I was a busy and sleep-deprived mother to our three little boys, who were all adorably feisty and under the age of 5. Like how many of these stories begin, my life was fairly routine, somewhat chaotic and held hope for our young family. That is until one day, when I found a lump that turned out to be more lumps, and an aggressive and invasive cancer that led me down a path, which jolted my relatively predictable world.

    At that point, I didn’t know anyone else who had cancer, I hadn’t thought about life threatening diseases in this deeply personal way, and I didn’t know which way to turn. I was concerned and confused but I was also very lucky. My story brought me before an exceptional team who reassured me, informed me, gave me courage, made me healthy and inspired me. My story led me to world-class care, and introduced me to the team at Guys’. Thanks to the support I received and the love of family and friends, I recovered, with some bumps along the way, but I continued to thrive and watched my children grow. Now, a decade later, I smile as they stand taller than me.

    However, I recognised that my story was not always the case. The calls started and kept coming in, and I could almost tell from ‘hello’ when someone was calling to ask if I would speak with a friend of a friend, or even themselves. I met many others and although our cancers, our diagnoses, our treatments were not always the same, we shared a lot in common. I stared to recognise the patterns – we had the same concerns, we asked the same questions but we responded in different ways. So, I got to studying, I became a student again, did my Masters in Health Psychology, here at King's. I started research and I began looking at how breast cancer patients adjust emotionally after their treatment concludes. I thought about the future and I wondered how we can better support people through this journey, from the initial diagnosis all the way through to when cancer may just sit in the background but these health concerns might still persist.

    My research led me to the concept of survivorship and looking carefully at what that means. Some call it different things, living with and beyond, moving forward or living well. We already do so much of this work here at Guy's, within the tumour groups starting with our nurses and consultants, through the wonderful and experienced services at Dimbleby, and with our caring and professional therapists. There are also offerings beyond Guy's, nearer to home, within your local communities. But I hoped we could do more to bring it all together.

    So we set up the Gordon Survivorship Centre to act as a hub so patients can find all of this information in one place, in print, online or by asking in person. We set out to create bespoke programmes to fill in some of the gaps and, most importantly, we aim to encourage, facilitate and run research to find new ways forward to educate beyond our walls and to impact the landscape of care.

    You may have visited us already on the first floor of the Welcome Village. We have a lovely space for events or quiet contemplation, where you can write or read messages of inspiration from survivor to survivor.

    To me being a cancer survivor means that despite cancer, despite treatment, despite how it may have affected us and those around us, we can hold our head up high, we can lift ourselves when we are down, we know where to go when we have questions or need help, we know what to do when we stumble and how to lift those we support."

 

 

 

Contacts

Tel: 020 7188 7188 (ext 57376)

Email: gordonsurvivorshipcentre
@gstt.nhs.uk


Where to find us

Welcome Village (W1)
Guy's Cancer Centre

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