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Acute Oncology Service

What is the Acute Oncology Service?

The Acute Oncology Service supports cancer patients admitted to hospital who are unwell with a complication of their cancer, side effects of their cancer treatment (chemotherapy or radiotherapy) or have a new diagnosis of cancer.

Who we are 

  • Sophie Norton - Macmillan Acute Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dr Diane Parry - Macmillan Acute Oncology Clinical Lead
  • Jane Whittingham - Macmillan Acute Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

What we do

Our role is to provide an early assessment and input into any issues relating to the patient’s cancer or cancer treatment. 

We advise and support the multi-disciplinary team, patient and their family / carers at the acute stage of their admission to hospital.

We work closely with all departments within the health board and Velindre Cancer Centre in order to provide a smooth and efficient care pathway for the patient.

The service is currently available Monday to Friday within office hours, 9.00am - 5.00pm. We aim to see all patients referred to the service within 24 hours of referral.

National Standards for Acute Oncology Services in Wales

The National Standards for Acute Oncology Services in Wales were launched in September 2016. The document  provides a foundation for Health Boards to plan and deliver effective high quality services for people with cancer, either known, or yet to be diagnosed, who present acutely to the NHS. They also provide the basis upon which Acute Oncology Services in Wales will be peer reviewed.  

The full document can be accessed here.

Macmillan Patient Information Leaflets

Cancer of unknown primary (CUP) is when a secondary cancer is diagnosed, but even after tests have been carried out, doctors can’t tell where the cancer first started. The primary cancer is unknown.

Find out about primary and secondary cancers, how CUP is diagnosed, treatments you might have, possible side effects and how to get further support.

Malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC) happens when cancer grows in, or near, the spine and presses on the spinal cord and nerves. Any type of cancer can spread to the bones of the spine, but MSCC is more common in people with breast, lung or prostate cancers, lymphoma, or myeloma. Find out more about this condition.