Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury
Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury
Cathedral Day Unit, Canterbury

Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers

East Kent Hospitals provides diagnosis, treatment and care services for patients with upper gastrointestinal cancers.

Upper Gastrointestinal cancers include oesophageal, stomach, small bowel, pancreatic, liver, gall bladder and cancers of the biliary system.

Tumour Sites

Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct)
Gall Bladder
Gastric (Stomach)
Duodenal (Small Bowel)

What to expect

Patients with suspected upper gastrointestinal cancers may present to the team through GP referrals, an inpatient diagnosis or referral from another speciality. We offer diagnosis and treatment services by working with our other specialist teams.

Our multidisciplinary teams, who meet weekly, will discuss and plan treatment options for individualised patient care. Alongside this you will receive support from our hospital based Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists, who can offer you and your family support, and information, to assist you in coping with your diagnosis. They will also ensure you have enough information to make informed decisions about treatment and investigations

Please note that you may be referred to one of our specialist centres at Kings College Hospital or Guys St Thomas Hospital

Contact Us

Our teams are based across The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Kent and Canterbury Hospital and the William Harvey Hospital.

To contact our teams please speak to The Cancer Care Line between 09:00 and 17:00 on 01227 868666

Out of Hours

Please call 111 for urgent advice or call 999 in a medical emergency
If you are under the care of the Pilgrims Hospice you can call them 24 hours a day on: 01233 504133

The Cancer Care Line

 Contact The Cancer Care Line:  01227 868666

 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm)

This is a central helpline for all patients who have come into contact with a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist or the Macmillan Acute Oncology Team. Not all people that are given this number have cancer, some maybe undergoing investigations to rule it out.

The people that answer your calls are not medically trained and in order for them to direct you to correct person/ team, they will ask for some clinical and personal information.

The Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists run designated phone clinics, therefore if appropriate you will be booked onto the next available telephone clinic which may not be the same day.

If the Cancer Care Line Co-ordinator's triage indicates you require urgent clinical advice, you will be put through to the specialist nurse of the day.