Supporting You

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Key Worker
You will be offered a named Key Worker who will be responsible for co-ordinating your care. The whole team can be contacted via your key worker. To find out who your key worker is or for any other information about your care, please contact Claire Goulding (Lead HPB Cancer Specialist Nurse) or Elizabeth Whitby (HPB Cancer Nurse Specialist) on 01752 431527.

Your Treatment Plan
If you would like written details of your management plan please contact Claire Downing on 01752 431527.

Cancer Support Centre
The Mustard Tree Macmillan centre has been created to support people with cancer, their families and carers. It is a ‘drop in’ centre based at Derriford above the Oncology Outpatient Department on Level 3 and is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. 

It is staffed by professionals and trained volunteers many of whom have personal experience of cancer. If you would like additional information about your illness or treatment, would value the opportunity to talk to someone about how you feel, or just need a break from the usual routine we invite you to visit.

Click here for more information about the Macmillan Mustard Tree Centre 

The Upper gastro-intestinal surgical Buddy Service
What is a Buddy? A Buddy Is someone who is willing to share their own experience on a one to one basis with someone diagnosed with a cancer similar to their own. This could happen face to face or by phone.

The ‘buddy’ would be complementing, rather than replacing existing and future support given by partners, family, friends and Healthcare Professionals.

In particular the Buddy system has been set up to help people cope with their surgical experience for cancer of the pancreas, biliary and liver cancers.

How the Buddy Service works? If you feel you would like to help other people through their operation, or would like to meet a ‘Buddy’ then let your nurse specialist know. 

A list of ‘buddies’ and their contact details are held by the upper GI Cancer Nurse Specialists.

Your specialist nurse will organise the initial contact. The level of contact you have with each other is entirely at your discretion, what you both feel comfortable with and have time for.

To add your name to the list, or to find out more about the Buddy system, please contact the specialist nurses listed below.

Claire Goulding
Lead HPB Cancer Nurse Specialist: 01752 431527

Elizabeth Whitby

HPB Cancer Nurse Specialist 01752 431527

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