Non-site specific cancer

The Non-Site Specific (NSS) Cancer pathway – Symptoms of Concern service was developed for patients whose symptoms indicate they do not fit a currently established cancer pathway. This pathway aims to stop the delays in diagnosis, higher rates of late stage or emergency admission and poorer outcomes for the patient that presents with vague symptoms.

Patients who are referred to the NSS service may have reported symptoms that may be concerning to their GP. These symptoms can be unexplained weight loss, tiredness and a loss of appetite.

Whilst this does not mean that you have cancer, the symptoms and history you have reported to your GP are suspicious enough to warrant “fast tracking”.

Fast tracking will involve an initial telephone call from the team Advanced Nurse Practitioner. You may then be booked a CT scan and relevant screening assessments. 

 

Contact us

Northern Services

North Devon District Hospital 

Main switchboard on 01271 322577

 

Eastern Services

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 

Main switchboard on 01392 411611

You can contact the service by emailing rde-tr.cancersymptomsofconcern@nhs.net

To get in touch with the service, please contact Louise Knight, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, on 07584 506328 (for healthcare professionals only)

Where will I be seen?

Northern Services

North Devon District Hospital 

North Devon District Hospital
Raleigh Park
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 4JB

 

Eastern services

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road
Exeter
EX2 5DW

Meet the team

Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Louise Knight

We are also supported by a team of Radiologists, Oncologists and Consultants and specialist nurses that work within Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

You can contact the service by emailing rde-tr.cancersymptomsofconcern@nhs.net

Services and treatments

The  Macmillan website explains more about the different types of treatments offered.

You can also find out more about the different types of treatment by visiting the NHS website. 

This includes:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormone treatment
  • Targeted therapy

Supporting you

Having cancer can have an impact on every aspect of your life and on those around you. We understand that this is a difficult and often frightening time for you and your loved ones, which is why we have put together a wide range of information to help you live with and beyond cancer.

Some of these services are available locally, whilst others cover Devon and/or the South West Peninsula as a whole. 

Find out more

Patient information leaflets

We produce a wide range of leaflets which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital. 

We also produce these in different formats including large print, please contact the department you are visiting for more information.

Find out more

Useful videos

We have a wide range of videos which provide information about our services and about the treatment you might receive in our clinics or during your stay in hospital. 

Find out more

Last updated: November 14, 2022.

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