Colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer – often referred to as bowel cancer – is a type of cancer that begins in the large bowel. The large bowel includes the colon, rectum and anus. It is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. Most people diagnosed with it are over the age of 60.

Our colorectal cancer teams provide a diagnostic and treatment service for patients with suspected or confirmed bowel cancer after referral from their GP or another healthcare professional. The team also work closely with the Bowel Cancer Screening Services.

In many cases, the main course of treatment will be surgery to remove the cancerous section of bowel. This is the most effective way of dealing with this type of cancer. Keyhole or robotic surgery is increasingly used, which allows operations to be performed with less pain and with a quicker recovery time. Sometimes, you might need a course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy before or after surgical treatment.

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

If you need to get in touch, please call us on 01392 402781. The phone line is manned between 9am-4.30pm, so you may need to leave a message if we are not in the office. We will return your call within 24 hours.

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

The base ward for the colorectal team is Lyme Ward (Level 2, Area G).

All admissions to us come in via the Knapp Ward (Level 2, PEOC South), a surgical admissions unit.

Meet the team

The base ward for the colorectal team is Lyme Ward (Level 2, Area G).

All admissions to us come in via the Knapp Ward (Level 2, PEOC South), a surgical admissions unit.

If you need to get in touch, please call us on 01392 402781. The phone line is manned between 9am-4.30pm, so you may need to leave a message if we are not in the office. We will return your call within 24 hours.

Northern services

 

Consultants

  • Miss Ceri Beaton, Lead Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon
  • Mr Mark Cartmell – Colorectal Consultant Surgeon
  • Mrs Katie Cross – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Lead for Surgical IBD
  • Mr Iain Bain – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
  • Dr Jenny MacPherson – Consultant Radiologist
  • Dr James Allred – Consultant Radiologist
  • Dr A Davis – Gastroenterologist, Lead for Bowel Cancer Screening locally / Lead Clinician for the Endoscopy Unit
  • Dr Fraser – Consultant Clinical Oncologist
  • Dr Juliette Hamilton - Consultant Oncologist

Nurses

  • Karen Day – Colorectal Professional and Clinical Lead
  • Caroline Smith – Colorectal/Stoma Care Nurse
  • Denise Sanders – Colorectal/Stoma care Nurse
  • Teresa Woodward – Colorectal/Stoma Care Nurse
  • Jo Tucker – Colorectal/Stoma Nurse
  • Debbie Elston – Colorectal/Stoma Nurse
  • Mandy Rimmer-Gray – Colorectal/Stoma Nurse

Admin

    • Sue Sanders – Colorectal MDT Co-Ordinator
    • Alison Ravenhill – Medical Secretary to Mr Anjum Arain  – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Miss Ceri Beaton Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
    • Amanda Roberts – Medical Secretary to Mrs Katie Cross – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
    • Danielle Dawson – Medical Secretary to Mr Mark Cartmell – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
    • Joanna Knight – Colorectal Admin Support Worker

 

 

Eastern services

Consultant colorectal surgeons:

  • Mr Andrew Gee
  • Miss Trish Boorman
  • Mr Ian Daniels
  • Mr William Chambers
  • Mr Steve Mansfield
  • Professor Neil Smart
  • Mr Ken Keogh
  • Mr Frank McDermott
  • Mr James Berry
  • Mr Sunil Narang
  • Mr Rob Bethune

Consultant oncologists:

  • Dr Fraser
  • Dr Mark Napier
  • Dr Ian Fraser

Clinical nurse specialists:

  • Emma Jenkins
  • Joan Garwood
  • Claire Kelly
  • Esme Steer
  • Kate Gillespie
  • Sharon Mercardal

Virtual Health and Wellbeing Clinic

The Virtual Health and Wellbeing Clinic is a resource that provides information for those living with and beyond a bowel cancer diagnosis.

Please watch the presentation on our Vimeo channel. Once the presentation has finished, please take the time to complete a short survey. This will allow us to monitor patient access and continue to make improvements to the information we provide. 

Virtual Health and Wellbeing Clinic for Colorectal Cancer

Virtual Health and Wellbeing Clinic for Colorectal Cancer: follow-up survey

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Last updated: November 14, 2022