Bone Cancer

 

The malignant bone disease service (bone cancer) at University Hospitals of North Midlands cares for patients with sarcoma, secondary bone cancer and metastatic spinal cord compression. Members of the team include orthopaedic and spinal surgeons, radiologists, oncologists and nurse specialists and care is discussed in a multidisciplinary team meeting.

Sarcoma

Patients will be referred on a two-week pathway from sarcoma from their GP. An initial assessment of patients who may have a Sarcoma - cancer that starts in the bone or soft tissue (muscle, fat, blood vessels) of the limbs and body wall is undertaken. If following this assessment appointment the team feel that there is a strong possibility that the patient has a sarcoma they will make an urgent referral to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham to confirm diagnosis and plan any treatment if needed. No treatment is undertaken prior to this referral. These initial assessment clinics are held within the orthopaedic outpatient/fracture clinic department situated on the ground floor of the main building of the hospital.

Following surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy may be undertaken at the UHNS under a shared care agreement with the team in Birmingham.


Secondary bone cancer

Patients who have secondary bone cancer - cancer cells that have spread from another primary cancer i.e. breast or lung - may have surgery at UHNM but may also be referred to a specialist hospital unit in Birmingham dependent upon the surgery needed.

University Hospitals of North Midlands is a tertiary centre for spinal surgery which means that we provide specialised care, usually following referral from primary or other secondary care centres. We provide treatment for spinal tumours including those causing compression to the spinal nerves working in partnership with our oncology colleagues.

 

Orthopaedic surgeons

Mr I DosRemedios  Trauma orthopaedic surgeon/Sarcoma lead
Mr M Hamadto – Orthopaedic surgeon
Mr S Konduru – Cancer lead/specialist spinal surgeon
On call spinal surgeon


Oncologists

Dr N Sharma Chemotherapy Sarcoma
Dr C Connolly Radiotherapy Sarcoma
We work with all oncologists within the Trust when a patient requires treatment for secondary bone cancer.

Clinical Nurse Specialists

The Macmillan clinical nurse specialist for malignant bone disease is Stephanie Peake. Stephanie is supported by a Macmillan support nurse for malignant bone disease. Both roles are to provide support to each patient as they progress through their care pathway, acting as key workers for the patient and their family.  Both clinical nurse specialists are dedicated to providing you with a personal service, to be your named key worker and to support you through each step of your journey. They are also there to provide you with relevant written information on your condition, to explain your treatment and to answer any questions you may have.

Both CNSs work in partnership with ward staff and other clinical teams to ensure referrals to services both hospital and in the community are made. They can discuss clinical information or supply patient information leaflets and booklets.

The CNS team work from 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday 01782 675278 (an answer machine service is also available).


Further information and support

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre will:

  • Listen to how cancer is affecting your life
  • Provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information
  • Put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counselling services, benefits advisers and support groups

The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

The address is:

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospital of North Midlands
Ground Floor, Main Building, Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent, ST4 6QG
Call us on 01782 676333 or
e-mail us at macmillancentre@uhns.nhs.uk

Please note, we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names.

If you are making a special journey, please ring to make an appointment so you are not kept waiting

The Dove Service (support and counselling) is a local service provided at The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley - Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.Tel:  01782 683153

Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service at Disability Solutions
North Staffs Medical Institute
Hartshill Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 7NY
Telephone: 01782 667321

Macmillan Cancer Support  www.Macmillan.org.uk       Helpline 0808 808 0000

Sarcoma UK

https://sarcoma.org.uk   Helpline 02072508271