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Plans for a specialist centre for those with liver cancer

There are plans for a specialist surgical centre for those with secondary liver cancer
There are plans for a specialist surgical centre for people with secondary liver cancer living in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge. Best practice guidance shows that such a centre will help to save more lives in the future.
Secondary liver cancer is cancer that has spread from another part of the body (for example the stomach) into the liver. It is a rare cancer that affects about 0.52% of the population each year. About 200 people a year from Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge could be expected to benefit from surgery (called metastatic liver resection) aimed at curing this cancer. 
A review of surgical services for metastatic liver resection has been undertaken over a number of years. Its aim has been to ensure delivery of the best, high-quality services for people with secondary liver cancer. The review decided there should be a single surgical centre for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge, working as part of a network with other hospitals in the region. This is because metastatic liver resection is complex surgery, requiring the right skills and facilities to provide patients with the best possible care.
The work of the review team has now concluded and has decided that the centre should be at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
What will this mean for patients and their families?
For most patients with secondary liver cancer, care will continue to be provided locally. However, for patients who are assessed as having the potential to benefit from metastatic liver resection, this will take place at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. This will include patients who may previously have received this surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.
Where surgery is identified as the best treatment option, only the surgery and immediate follow-up will take place at the specialist surgical centre. Other care will remain at the local centre.
As now, every patient will have a named care co-ordinator (key worker) who will support them through their treatment, ensuring that as much of it as possible is delivered locally. This will include services such as outpatient appointments and oncology care, including chemotherapy.
These changes are expected to result in more lives saved, as every patient who has the potential to benefit from surgery will be considered with input from the specialist surgical team.
Tell us what you think?
A group is being set up to look at the practical and operational considerations of running this specialist surgical service. We want to know your thoughts about how we can make the service as accessible and appropriate as possible for patients and their families.
You can do this in a number of ways between the beginning of January 2015 and the end of March 2015.
You can email us at
You can Tweet us @eoecitizens
You can drop in to one of our planned discovery events which will take place across Norfolk and Suffolk during January to March 2015 (no need to book) all event times are 2pm-6pm.
  • Wednesday 28th January – Library, Tolhouse St, GT YARMOUTH NR30 2SH
  • Monday 2nd February – Town Hall, Broad St, EYE IP23 7AF
  • Monday 16th February – Big C Timberhill Shop, 45 Timberhill, Norwich, NR1 3LA (01603 761029)
  • Wednesday 25th February – Yours Business Centre, Tuesday market, KINGS LYNN PE30 1JW
  • Wednesday 4th March – Big C shop, 38 Church Street, Cromer, NR27 9ES (01263 516989)
  • Monday 9th March – Library, Clapham Road South, LOWESTOFT NR32 1DR

You can ask us to join you at a meeting you are holding between January 2015 and March 2015 (use above email address)
You can write to us with your comments:
Secondary Liver Cancer, East Anglia Area Team, NHS England, West Wing, Victoria House, Capital Park, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5XA.
We will consider all your comments during this time and ensure that those developing this new service take them into account.
We look forward to hearing from you.
This information sheet has been deliberately kept brief. Further information about the background of this project and details of the work to date can be obtained from the East Anglia Area Team. If you wish to have any further information about this project please use the e-mail or postal addresses above to request additional information.
Image from a group meeting, held at Big C's Timberhill Shop
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