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Anal and colorectal (bowel) cancer

What we do

The anal and colorectal (bowel) cancer MDT (multi-disciplinary team) is a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and administrators, supporting people with cancer in colon (large bowel), rectum or anus.  The doctors are surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists and oncologists.

The team meets once a week to discuss relevant patients and then the team works together to see patients and their friends and relatives and then guide them through appropriate investigations and recommended treatments.  Treatments include surgical operations, endoscopic resections, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  The team also coordinates follow up after treatment.

Colorectal (bowel) cancer is common but our team is also the regional centre for treating much rarer anal cancer.  Therefore we see patients from all over East and West Sussex.

Conditions treated

Colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, large benign (non-cancer) colorectal polyps.

What to expect while under our care

You will be introduced to a Macmillan Specialist Nurse keyworker who will support you along your patient journey.  Many patients undergo surgical operations and most of these are performed with laparoscopic or keyhole instruments. Some people may need other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Prepare for your appointment

Please write down on a piece of paper or jot down in your mobile phone notes any questions that you want to ask and bring these with you to your appointment.  The team will do their best to answer all of your questions.

Important and sometimes complex information will be discussed at your appointment so we strongly recommend that you bring along a friend or relative if you can to support you at your appointment. Please remind us to send you a copy of the letter we will send to your GP after appointments.


Patients are referred to our team by a GP on a 2 week wait urgent referral pathway or by a hospital specialist using the hospital electronic referral form.


Our team is based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and we also work at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.


Patients will be given the contact details of their Macmillan Specialist Nurse keyworker.  GPs are advised to contact one of the colorectal cancer consultant surgeons or the oncologists as appropriate.


Patient information

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