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.

We provide the best possible care for patients who are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. We provide support, information, counselling and education to you and your relatives and carers throughout treatment.

A cancer diagnosis has a great impact on patients and carers, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of care for all our patients at every stage in their pathway.

More on what we do

The colorectal cancer team provide a diagnostic and treatment service for patients with suspected or confirmed bowel cancer after referral from the 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.

Our team

The care provided for patients and carers is given by our dedicated team of colorectal nurse specialists, stoma care nurse specialists, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, histopathologists, MDT coordinators, gastroenterologists, hospice care consultants and bowel screening nurse specialists.

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 Melanie Osborne
  • Dr Mark Napier
  • Dr Ian Fraser

Clinical nurse specialists:

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

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, 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.

Contact us

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.

Helpful websites

Community services

As well as holding clinics at Wonford Hospital's surgical and medical outpatient departments, we also provide clinics in our community hospitals in Okehampton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Axminster and Tiverton.


As well as holding clinics at Wonford Hospital's surgical and medical outpatient departments, we also provide clinics in our community hospitals in Okehampton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Axminster and Tiverton.

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. Your feedback is really important to us. Thank you.

Supporting you

We arrange four monthly patient coffee mornings for patients and carers to give us feedback on the service at all stages of the cancer treatment. This helps us to improve the service we provide.

FORCE Cancer Charity works locally to support anyone affected by cancer and will work closely with the people involved in your treatment. Find out more about the support FORCE can offer at

Health and wellbeing clinics are also offered to patients with a diagnosis of cancer in order to help support patients through their pathway. Your nursing team will be able to provide you with more information on the structure and content of these sessions.


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