University Hospitals' urology cancer service provides surgery, oncology (chemotherapy and radiotherapy) and palliative treatments for people with prostate, testicular, penile, bladder and kidney cancers.
Your clinical team
- Mr C Luscombe (prostate, renal, testicular and penile)
- Mr M Saxby (prostate, bladder, testicular and penile)
- Mr A Golash (renal, testicular and penile)
- Mr S Liu (bladder, testicular and penile)
Cinical Nurse Specialists
The nurse specialists for urological cancer are Karen Smith and Kay Willard. Their role is to provide expert clinical knowledge and support for anyone with a urological cancer. They act as a key person in helping to explain each stage of the patient's cancer journey and in recommending treatment programs.
They have access to extensive relevant written information which includes clinical conditions, diagnosis, relevant investigations, symptom management, and management of side affects of various treatments. They offer practical advice and answers to questions, as well as offering emotional support to patients and carers.
Sharing knowledge is an important part of the clinical nurse specialist role. This includes seeing urological cancer patients throughout the hospital.
Karen Smith is involved as a committee member in the prostate cancer support group which works within the local community in raising the profile of this type of medical condition and supporting prostate cancer patients within Stoke on Trent.
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 Hospitals of North Midlands
Ground Floor, Main Building, Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent, ST4 6QG
Call us on 01782 676333 or
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Buddy System - University Hospitals operates a buddy system. The purpose of the buddy system is to encourage patients to meet together and support each other. Talking to people may help, especially as it offers you the chance to ask questions of someone who has experienced a similar situation and knows how you feel. Your clinical nurse specialist will be able to explain how the buddy system works.
The Urostomy Society - A society in support of patients who have had a bladder removal. The group meets on a bi-monthly basis.
The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre - Email: email@example.com
Prostate Cancer Group, North Staffs - Meetings held every third Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at the Joiners Square Community Centre, Cornes Street, Hanley.
National Support Groups
Continence Advisory Service, Helpline: 020 7831 9831 or Tel: 0845 601 0766
Impotence Association, PO Box 10269, London Sw17 9WH, Tel: 020 8767 7791
Prostate Cancer Support Association, BM Box 9434, London, WC1N 3XX
The Prostate Cancer Charity, 3 Angel Walk, London W6 9HX, Tel: 0845 300 8383
Prostate Cancer Support (Central England), 2 Shelley Gardens, Hinckley, Leicester, LE10 1TA or Tel: 01455 448040
The Urostomy Association, Buckland, Beaumont Park, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4DE or Tel: 01245 224294
Types of treatments
- Laparoscopic surgery, or 'keyhole' surgery - a less invasive type of operation which enables a quicker recovery and less scarring.
- Day case surgery - means patients don't have to stay in hospital overnight and enables a quicker recovery time.
- 3D conformal external beam radiotherapy - a form of radiotherapy which allows a more specific area of the body or tumor to be targeted and treated.
- Hormone manipulation - a treatment which reduces the chance of tumors recurring or growing in size.
- Brachytherapy - allows highly concentrated amounts of radioactive material to be placed near or inside tumors to reduce them in size or eradicate them completely.
- Bladder instillation treatments - used for superficial bladder cancers e.g. chemotherapy.
- Radiotherapy - the use of high energy x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat disease.
- Chemotherapy - the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells (including leukaemia and llymphoma).
- Immunotherapy, which is also called biologic therapy or biotherapy - a treatment which uses certain parts of the immune system to fight disease, including cancer