The Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's Cancer Unit is part of the Mount Vernon Cancer Network. The Network covers a geographical area from North London to mid-Bedfordshire, west to Buckinghamshire and east to Hertfordshire, providing services to a population of two million people. The Mount Vernon Hospital Cancer Centre provides specialist care, including radiotherapy and complex chemotherapy, with the local Cancer Units and the Primary Care Trusts providing routine and on-going care, including chemotherapy.
Oncology services are provided by consultant staff from Mount Vernon, taking part in combined clinics with the Luton and Dunstable hospital staff.
To access the service please visit your GP.
The lead clinician for cancer services is Mr. Mike Pittam, Consultant Surgeon.
Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings for all tumour sites are held on a regular basis, mostly weekly, to discuss newly diagnosed or suspected cancer patients. Some MDT meetings participate in video-conferencing with other Network Teams to encourage wider discussion and input to the patient pathway. The MDT Office can be contacted on either: 01582 718 268 or 01582 718 099.
Mr J Pickles 01582 497098
Miss J Panesar 01582 718078
Mr C Chan 01582 497333
Mr A Camilleri 01582 718247
Carole Glover [CNS] 01582 718038 bleep 498
Mr. Pittam 01582 497097
Mr D Ravichandran 01582 718009
Carole Glover [CNS] 01582 718038
Refer urgently patients with:
For patients with persistent symptoms or signs related to the oral cavity in whom a definitive diagnosis of a benign lesion cannot be made, refer or follow-up until the symptoms and signs disappear. If the symptoms and signs have not disappeared after 6 weeks, make an urgent referral
Monitor for oral cancer patients confirmed oral lichen planus, as part of routine dental examination.
Advise all patients, including those with dentures, to have regular dental checkups.
If there is a positive finding, refer urgently to a team specialising in the management of lung cancer. If there is a negative finding refer urgently to a team specialising in head and neck cancer.
With the exception of persistent hoarseness, investigations are not recommended as they can delay referral.
Refer urgently patients with a thyroid swelling associated with any of the following:
Please note: when seeking/receiving advice in regard to patient care and making referrals, NHS Connecting for Health Information Governance standards and policies must be adhered to.
Last updated: 20/06/2013
Update due: 20/06/2014