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The Acute Oncology Patient Pathway begins at the first presentation to a healthcare worker for the episode of care. This can often be a member of the primary or community care 

It is vital that health care workers :

  • can recognise signs of an acute cancer related or anti - cancer treatment related problem

  • are aware of the role of acute oncology services and know how to contact them 

  • are aware of the 24 hour advice line service for patients recieving anti-cancer treatment

You may find the tools and information below to be helpful




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St Georges University Hospital and the Community Health Team have developed excellent acute oncology on line advice for acute healthcare professionals,GP and Community healthcare professionals and patients. 







Primary Care Risk Assessment Tool for Oncology/ Haematology Patients 

A risk assessment tool for patients who are receiving or received systemic anti-cancer therapies, receiving or recently received radiotherapy or at risk of disease related immunosuppression.

Macmillan and UKONS worked in partnership with health care professionals to develop an Oncology/ Haematology Risk Assessment Tool for Primary Healthcare Professionals. 

This reliable, easily used risk assessment tool ensures that patients who suffer from complications/toxicities relating to systemic anti-cancer treatment (including chemotherapy) and/or radiotherapy are identified and managed appropriately to achieve the best possible outcome.  


UKONS Acute Oncology Knowledge and Skills Guidance -  This guidance is not discipline specific, but has been developed to address the level of acute oncology skill and knowledge that is required for each worker to fulfill the requirements of their role in the acute oncology patient pathway.


Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust have a Community Oncology Nurse Specialist Team who support patients recieving any type of anti-cancer treatment  click here for further information 


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