This page was last updated: December 3rd, 2021
Debbie, Wendy and Mel look after patients with prostate, testicular, penile, advanced bladder and kidney cancers. You can contact them on 01872 253143, 01872 252688 or rch-tr.Uro-OncologyCNS@nhs.net.
Alaina and Kathryn look after patients who are having investigations for urological cancers and follow up with patients who have superficial bladder cancers. You can contact them at the Urology Clinic on 01872 252220.
Tim looks after patients who have had a kidney removed and patients with early kidney cancer or superficial bladder cancer. You can contact Tim on 01872 253143 or 01872 252688.
Fran follows up with patients who have had prostate cancer. You can contact her on 01872 252912.
For your first appointment, you will either be offered an outpatient appointment with a urology consultant at one of Cornwall’s community hospitals, or be invited to the urology clinic at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for investigation.
At the urology clinic, we see people for investigation and treatment of benign tumours, urinary dysfunction and cancer. Depending on why you’ve been referred, you may be offered scans or biopsies for further investigation. You can find out more about the types of investigations we do on the Macmillan website and the Prostate Cancer UK website.
The clinic is on the second floor of the tower block at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The clinic is signposted, left out of the lifts and right out of the stairs.
If you do have cancer, the results of your tests will be discussed by a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), made up of relevant cancer specialists, such as Cancer Nurse Specialists, urology consultants, oncologists and radiologists. The team will make sure all available treatment options are considered and help you decide on the best course of action.
If the cancer isn’t causing you any symptoms or problems, you may not need treatment. Instead you’ll be regularly monitored and have follow up appointments with your consultant at the urology clinic.
If you need surgery, we will refer you to one of our partner hospitals; Southmead Hospital in Bristol, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth or the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter. You can be referred to any of these three hospitals and we’re happy to discuss your preference and help you decide which is the best choice for you.
If you need radiotherapy, you’ll come to the Sunrise Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. Patients who need brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) are referred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, or for low dose brachytherapy, you may be referred to Derriford Hospital or Royal United Hospital in Bath.
If you are having Hormone Therapy, this will be managed by your GP, but you’ll remain under the care of your urology consultant and come in to the hospital in Truro for follow up clinics. You can find out more about hormone therapy on the Prostate Cancer UK website, or download a PDF.
After your operation, you may need direct treatment at the Urology Clinic or at West Cornwall Hospital as a day patient.
For more complex cases, you may be offered chemotherapy or radiotherapy at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, or be referred for surgery at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth or the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter.
If targeted biological therapy is an option for you, we’ll refer you to the Sunrise Oncology Clinic here at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. You can read more about biological therapies on the Macmillan website.
You may only need surveillance, in which case you’ll be regularly monitored by your consultant at the Urology Clinic.
Your initial biopsies and any necessary localised surgery will be carried out by the urology team here at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, but every case is discussed with the expert team in Bristol, led by Mr David Dickerson. Further surgery will usually take place in Bristol.
There is further information on adrenal gland cancers on the Macmillan website.