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Cancer

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) provides cancer and palliative care services to patients and their families.

The L&D consultants treat the following sites:
Breast, lung, colorectal, oesophageal and gastric, pancreatic, gynaecology, urology, haematology skin, head and neck and thyroid. We offer onward referral to other specialist hospitals, if required.

Oncology Services are provided by consultant staff from the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, taking part in combined clinics and multidisciplinary meetings with our hospital cancer teams.

For information about Cancer Research at the L&D, please click here.

The Supportive Care Service is based within the Macmillan Cancer Unit, where chemotherapy treatments are given.

Also based within the unit are Cancer Nurse Specialists, Macmillan Palliative Care Nurses and volunteers.

In addition the following services are available:

  • Patient information and Support Service – a full range of patient information booklets are available as well as access to the internet
  • Complementary Therapy Service and ‘Look Good, Feel Better’ (pampering therapy)
  • Psychology Service – psychological assessment and referral to the Macmillan Psychology Service is available
  • Welfare Benefits Advisor – a comprehensive assessment of financial needs can be undertaken
  • Lymphoedema clinics
  • Orthotics Service – wigs and prosthetics
  • Palliative care
  • Cancer and exercise program

The Cancer and Palliative Care Team work closely with local community teams to ensure patients and their families have continued supportive care in the home. Community teams work together with GPs, Macmillan Nurses, Community Matrons, Keech Hospice, Marie Curie, and Social Services.

To access the service contact your GP or Cancer Nurse Specialist, or contact the information and support service on 01582 718189

Cancer screening
Breast Screening Service – The Beds and Herts Breast Screening Service is based at the L&D.

We provide high quality screening and diagnostic services for women living in Luton, South Bedfordshire and parts of Hertfordshire.

Please see our Breast screening page for more information.

Bowel Screening Service
The L&D offers a full screening service for Luton, south Bedfordshire and parts of Hertfordshire and coordinates the programme in this area. Bowel Screening includes endoscopy services and specialist screening nurse clinics for people receiving an abnormal result.

The Cervical Screening Service
We offer comprehensive Cervical Screening Service for women referred by their local GP and provide follow-up investigations if required.

Staff

Consultant Oncologist
Colorectal Consultant
Consultant Anaesthetist