Our colorectal cancer service provides investigations and diagnosis for colorectal cancer. We offer a range of cancer treatments including surgery, oncology (chemotherapy/radiotherapy) and palliative treatments for people with colon, rectal and anal cancers.

University Hospitals employs a multidisciplinary team who will treat and care for you throughout your journey. The team consists of colorectal surgeons, gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and cancer nurse specialists. Having the input of staff from a variety of clinical backgrounds helps give a rounded, complete view of each patient's case and therefore results in better care.

Your treatment pathway

We understand the complex emotions and pressures that come with a cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatment. We therefore take every measure possible to ensure you are made comfortable during your treatment, including quiet rooms to enable you to speak in peace, away from the busy wards.

At your diagnosis you will have the opportunity to concentrate properly on what is being said to you and discuss sensitive matters in private with your clinician and specialist nurse. A consultant will sit with you and explain your diagnosis, along with possible treatment options. They will be accompanied by a colorectal cancer nurse specialist, who is there to support you and talk to you about your feelings. Treatment may involve an operation to remove a part of your bowel where the cancer is situated. 

Sometimes certain cancers are treated with chemotherapy or radiotherapy alone if that is considered more appropriate.  Some other cancers are treated with a combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. You will need to be referred to an oncologist if your cancer requires chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Treatment is individualised. Your family is also welcome to come to the consultation if you prefer them to be there.

Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT)

Colorectal Surgeons

  • Mrs Hall
  • Mr Farmer
  • Mr Dawson
  • Mr Tsiamis
  • Mr Yeomans
  • Mr Bullen
  • Mr Luke
  • Mr Garimella
  • Mr Varghese
  • Mr Roy



  • Dr Giridharan
  • Dr Connolly
  • Dr Sharma

Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Dorothy Munyanyi (Lead Nurse)
  • Louise Butler
  • Lisa Watts

Radiologists, gastroenterologists and pathologists also form part of the MDT.

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)

The colorectal cancer nurse specialist provides support to each patient as they progress through their pathway. The CNS will take the patient through each step and is dedicated to providing each patient with an individual service. They also work closely with the team of doctors on the wards and in the outpatient clinics at both Royal Stoke and County Hospital.

Your nurse specialist acts as your key worker and will provide written information on specific colorectal conditions, explain treatments and is there to answer any questions you may have. They work in partnership with clinic and ward staff to ensure that referrals to other services, such as local community cancer and palliative care teams, are made in a timely fashion. They will provide you with:

  • Up-to-date clinical information, through discussion or distribution of patient information leaflets and booklets
  • Holistic needs assessment
  • Practical advice and answers to questions
  • Emotional support
  • Referral to other services (if appropriate) such as to community groups

Patients can also discuss a variety of issues, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • Side effects of cancer treatment
  • Benefits/financial entitlement
  • Support services including social services, home and hospice care
  • Emotional and psychological support and counseling
  • Symptom and fatigue management
  • Employment, driving and holiday travel
  • Medications
  • Health and well-being events
  • Treatment summaries
  • Local and national support groups

The Colorectal CNS team work Monday - Friday, 8.30 – 4.30pm excluding bank holidays. They can be contacted via their answerphone on 01782672801.  Please leave your name, hospital number or date of birth and telephone number and they will get back to you.

Further information and support

Support Groups

We have an online  Facebook group you can join:  Royal Stoke Bowel Cancer Support Group (Bottoms Up Club). The group provides a flexible and convenient platform for patients, family members and friends to discuss with others in similar situations and share their experiences and feelings.

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 counseling services, benefits advisers and support groups

The Macmillan centres are both at Royal Stoke and County Hospital is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

The address is:

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands
Ground Floor, Main Building, Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent, ST4 6QG

You can contact us by telephone: 01782 676333 (Royal Stoke) or 01785 236075 (County) or e-mail us at


Colostomy Association

Freephone: 0800 328 4257

Outlook Ostomy Support Group

This a local support group for patients with a stoma.

Chairperson: Moira Hammond, Secretary: Joan Brough, Flat 2 (Rear of 42), Ashlands Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6QS, Tel: 01782 710828, E-Mail:


National Support Groups

Bowel Cancer UK
0800 707 60 60