A cancer specialist nurse is commonly found working within surgical and gastroenterology departments and has a very important part to play in your care.
They can also be found in the community working for palliative care
organisations such as:
as well as other private organisations.
They are, in my opinion, vital to the smooth running of your care both in hospital and at home.
Your nurse will have had many years of experience within nursing and have undergone extra training within either surgery or medicine.
They have quite a lot of decision making autonomy, so if you have a problem they will likely be able to deal with it themselves.
However, if there is any issue they can’t help you with they will refer you to, or seek guidance from, the doctor coordinating your care.
The things a specialist nurse can do really depend on where they are.
In hospital, the specific nurses you are likely to encounter are the UGI and oncology specialist nurse.
They are both involved with inpatients as well as outpatients and have key roles in:
At home you will have access to the hospital based services, usually by phone contact or in outpatients.
If it's is not amenable to curative treatment, the role will be taken over by palliative nurse specialists at home.
They will be able to: