If you need surgery, your consultant surgeon will be an experienced specialist in cancer surgery. They will be in charge of your care from your first consultation to your aftercare and recovery plan.
You will be looked after in your own private room and cared for by our experienced nursing team who will do everything they can to make your recovery as swift and as comfortable as possible. Your visitors can come to see you any time and drinks and meals for them can also be arranged.
What is involved in having cancer surgery?
So you know exactly what is involved, your consultant will explain everything before a date is arranged for you to come into hospital, including how the surgery will be performed and how long it will take.
You may also have a preoperative assessment with a specialist nurse who can answer any other questions you may have. They can also perform any tests you may need before surgery, like an ECG or more blood tests.
On the day of surgery you can bring a partner, family member or friend with you for reassurance and support. Your consultant will visit you in your room to answer any further questions, and you will meet your consultant anaesthetist who will take you through the type of anaesthetic you will be given and discuss pain relief with you. Your partner is welcome to stay in your room while you are in the operating theatre and have their meals in the hospital, so they are there for you when you come back from surgery. We keep visiting hours flexible throughout your stay and offer free parking so that your friends and loved ones can spend lots of time with you to help you recover.
A dedicated ward nursing team will look after you during your stay in hospital and your consultant will see you every day until it is time to go home. Your team will include an oncologist, pharmacist and other specialist support staff such as a breast care nurse if appropriate. The team work closely together with your consultant, following an individually tailored treatment plan and will ensure you know the next step in your treatment before you leave hospital.