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How to contact the gynaecology cancer nurse specialists


You have now completed your cancer treatment and have agreed to Patient Initiated Follow–Up (PIFU) as discussed with your consultant at your post treatment follow up appointment.
This leaflet has been written to help you decide when (or if) you need to get in touch with the Gynaecology Cancer Nurse Specialists and how they can be contacted.

AVAILABLE:
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER:
01273 664455

EMAIL: bsuh.gynae.cns@nhs.net

If you leave your name and number we aim to return your call within 24 hours or on the next working day if you contact us on the weekend or a bank holiday.


    When should I contact the gynaecology cancer nurse specialists


    You should contact us if you have new symptoms that you are concerned about or if you are experiencing ongoing problems following your treatment that you may need help with.

    The following list contains some of the more common symptoms people get if their cancer comes back.

    However, it is important to remember that most people will not experience any of these symptoms and that even if you have all of them it does not necessarily mean the cancer has returned.

    If you get any of the following symptoms for no apparent reason and they last for more than a few days, please phone your Gynaecology Cancer Nurse Specialist for further advice:

    • Bleeding or discharge from the vagina (front passage).
    • Bleeding from the rectum (back passage).
    • Bleeding after sexual intercourse.
    • Bowel changes (e.g. diarrhoea or constipation).
    • Problems with passing water (urine).
    • New aches and pains or lumps in your abdomen.
    • Persistent abdominal swelling or bloating.
    • Weight loss without dieting or exercise.
    • Feeling generally unwell.
    • Leg swelling.
    • Skin changes or itching in the genital area.

      What will happen after I have phoned


      One of the following will be suggested:

      • A  clinic appointment.
      • A visit to your GP.
      • Reassurance that nothing further is needed.

      A record of your call will be kept for future reference.


        When should I see my General Practitioner (GP)


        It is important to remember that you will still get colds, coughs, aches and pains just like anybody else.

        If your GP is concerned about your symptoms, they will contact your Gynaecology Cancer Nurse Specialist who can arrange for you to be seen.


          Recovering from cancer


          Sometimes emotional recovery after treatment does take time.
          It is normal to have ‘up’ and ‘down’ days for a while afterwards.
          The Gynaecology Cancer Nurse Specialists or your GP will be happy to help you with the following issues:

          • Low mood.
          • Depression.
          • Feeling isolated.
          • Sexual and relationship matters.
          • Financial concerns.
          • Any other major concern related to your diagnosis and treatment.

          For information on health and well–being events please contact the Horizon Centre.


            The Macmillan gynaecology nurse specialists contact details at BSUH


            ROYAL SUSSEX COUNTY HOSPITAL

            Telephone Number: 01273 696955 Extension Number: 64455

            MACMILLAN GYNAECOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS & SUPPORT WORKER

            Telephone Number: 01273 664455
            Email Address: bsuh.gynae.cns@nhs.net


              Other useful contact information


              THE MACMILLAN HORIZON CENTRE, BRIGHTON

              Telephone Number: 01273 468770 Email: horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk

              MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

              Telephone Number: 0808 808 00 Link to Macmillan Cancer Support: www.macmillan.org.uk

              JO’S CERVICAL CANCER TRUST

              Helpline Telephone Number: 0808 802 8000

              Office Telephone Number: 020 3096 8100

              Link to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust: www.jostrust.org.uk

              THE EVE APPEAL

              Telephone Number: 020 7605 0100 Link to the Eve Appeal: www.eveappeal.org.uk

              TARGET OVARIAN CANCER

              Telephone Number: 020 7923 5470 Email: info@targetovariancancer.org.uk

              Target Ovarian Cancer Support Line: 020 7923 5475

              Email : support@targetovariancancer.org.uk

              Link to Target Ovarian Cancer: www.targetovariancancer.org.uk

              OVACOME (OVARIAN CANCER SUPPORT NETWORK)

              Telephone Number: 0800 008 7054 or: 0207 299 6654

              Email: ovacome@ovacome.org.uk

              Link to Ovacome: www.ovacome.org.uk

              LYMPHOEDEMA SUPPORT NETWORK

              Information and Support Telephone Number: 020 7351 448

              Link to Lymphoedema Support: www.lymphoedema.org

              PELVIC RADIATION DISEASE ASSOCIATION

              Telephone Number: 01372 744338

              Link to Pelvic Radiation Disease Association: www.prda.org.uk

              CANCER SUPPORT UK

              Telephone Number: 020 7470 8755

              Email: hello@cancersupportuk.org

              Link to Cancer Support UK: www.cancersupportuk.org 4

              Disclaimer
              The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.

              Publication Date: December 2018

              Review Date: April 2022

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