Gynaecological Oncology

The Gynaecological Oncology Service in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) provides a diagnostic service for patients with cancer of the female genital tract. This includes:

  • Ovarian 
  • Vulval 
  • Cervical 
  • Womb 
  • Vaginal

The Trust has a wide responsibility to provide direct clinical care, support, information and advice for patients, family, carers and staff regarding gynaecological cancers. The main hospital sites are the Ulster Hospital, Lagan Valley Hospital, Downe Hospital, Ards Community Hospital and Bangor Community Hospital which serves a population of approximately 440,000.

There are 12 Gynaecological Consultants employed across the Trust and their aim is that the patient should undergo a thorough assessment leading to timely diagnosis and treatment.


Referral and Programmes of Care

Patients with suspected gynaecological cancer will be referred by their GP and classified as “red flag”. This means that they will be seen at a specialist clinic as urgently as possible.

There are several diagnostic clinics provided across the Trust. All patients who meet “Red Flag” criteria for referral are assessed at a dedicated Rapid Access Clinic at the Ulster Hospital or Bangor Hospital. If a patient presents to a non-dedicated Rapid Access Clinic and requires investigation, facilities are available to initiate this assessment. This ensures that all patients no matter where they are seen within the Trust have access to the same standard of care and support.

A Macmillan Gynaecological Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is available to contribute to the assessment of patient’s needs and the delivery of patient treatment. When patients are to be given a diagnosis of cancer, the Macmillan Gynaecological CNS can be called to offer counseling, support and information.

We provide:

The first stage of the diagnostic pathway is managed by the Gynaecological Oncology Multidisciplinary Team which works in close partnership with the Specialist Gynae Oncology Multi Disciplinary Team at the Belfast Trust. The teams meet weekly to ensure that patients with a gynaecological cancer diagnosis receive the highest quality of care possible by a team of experienced gynaecological specialists.

Surgery for gynaecological cancer will be carried out at either the Ulster Hospital or at the Belfast City Hospital, which is dependant on the type of treatment required.  For patients requiring chemotherapy or radiotherapy, this will be carried out at the Cancer Centre at the Belfast City Hospital.


Follow-up

Patients who have had treatment for a gynaecological cancer will have regular follow-up appointments with their Surgeon/Specialist Doctor or Oncologist. Patients should be aware of their follow up plan prior to leaving hospital after their treatment or results appointment.

Patients who are not aware of their follow up program, or who are experiencing worrying symptoms that they think might be related to their cancer should contact their Key Worker, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Consultant to find out when they will be reviewed following treatment.


Links & Videos

NICAN - www.cancerni.net  
Macmillan - www.macmillan.org.uk  
Cancer Focus NI- www.cancerfocusni.org

Videos

What happens at cervical screening - http://www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/2179.htm

 


 

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