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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cancer Services

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Gastrointestinal Surgery

The Oxford Oesophagogastric Centre has developed an international reputation for its treatment of oesophagogastric cancer.

The multidisciplinary team (MDT) was one of the first to be set up in Oxford and members of the team work closely together to provide the best possible integrated treatment plan, insluding surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy as appropriate.

Our Computerised Integrated Operating Theatre enables us to use advanced minimally invasive (keyhole) techniques to remove these cancers, leading potentially to reduced pain, a quicker recovery from surgery and a sorter stay in hospital.

The Cancer and Haematology Centre, with its 28 bed Upper GI Surgery Ward, brings all members of the MDT together on the same site, ensuring the best possible up-to-date treatment and the highest standards of care for patients with oesophateal and stomach cancer.

Colorectal Unit

The Colorectal Unit uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive treatments for bowel cancer using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and endoscopic microsurgery. These approaches mean that major abdominal surgery can be avoided.

The unit is one of ten centres offering advanced training in laparoscopic surgery for consultant surgeons. This is a key part of the Department of Health's Cancer Reform Strategy aimed at improving the quality of surgery for bowel cancer in England.

The unit also treats patients with advanced abdominal and pelvic cancers, using combination treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. The Centre brings together medical and surgical specialists, so that this group of patients can get the best possible treatment and the highest standards of care.

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