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 V Jain 01582 497472
Mr Jambulingham 01582 718332
Dr K Goodchild 01582 497513
Dr K Goodchild 01582 497513
Wendy Shearsmith/Heather Simpson (CNS) 01582 497971
Refer urgent for endoscopy, or to a specialist, patients of any age with dyspepsia and any of the following:
Refer urgently patients presenting with:
Consider urgent referral for patients presenting with:
Refer urgently for endoscopy patients aged 55 years and older with unexplained and persistent recent-onset dyspepsia alone
For patients under 55 years, referral for endoscopy is not necessary in the absence of alarm symptoms
Patients being referred urgently for endoscopy should ideally be free from acid suppression medication including proton pump inhibitors or H2 receptor agonists, for a minimum of 2 weeks
When referring, a full blood count may assist specialist assessment in the outpatient clinic. This should be carried out in accordance with local arrangements
For all patients with new-onset dyspepsia, consider a full blood count to detect iron deficiency anaemia
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: full guideline
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: quick reference guide
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: information for the
CG27 Referral for suspected cancer: NICE guideline
Oesophageal Cancer NHS Choices:
Barrett's Oesophagus Campaign:
Cancer Research UK - Stomach Cancer:
Cancer Research UK - Oesophageal Cancer:
World Cancer Research Fund:
Macmillan Support - Oesophageal Cancer
Macmillan Support - Stomach Cancer:
Mount Vernon Cancer Network - for residents of Hertfordshire and
Last updated: 20/06/2013
Update due: 20/06/2014