The St Mark’s Centre for Familial Cancer

Menna Hawkins is a Nurse Practitioner at the Familial Cancer Unit

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Introduction

The St Mark’s Centre for Familial Intestinal Cancer (incorporating the Polyposis Registry and Family Cancer Clinic) is run by a team of specialists consisting of Colorectal Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Specialists and Administrators. The team works together to ensure prompt diagnosis and surveillance of patients with a genetic condition associated with bowel cancer or from a family at high risk of bowel and other cancers.

Our Services

We look after individuals and their families throughout their healthcare journey. We also provide education for healthcare professionals and the public and actively carry out research. If you are referred to us we will look after you and your family.

Education and research

Emotional and social support

Help us continue our life saving research

Thinking of setting yourself a challenge, completing a marathon or simply want to know how you can help? Please consider fundraising for St Mark’s Centre for Familial Intestinal Cancer. Although we are mainly funded and staffed by the NHS, fundamental aspects to our work (such as our patient database) are still privately funded. Fundraising is essential to allow us to continue our life saving research and provide the best possible care to our patients.

Our Location

The St Mark’s Centre for Familial Intestinal Cancer is based in Central Middlesex Hospital Site, Acton Lane, Park Royal. St Mark’s is a world-renowned specialist hospital for patients with gastrointestinal conditions.

Vicky Cuthill is the Lead Cancer Genetics Nurse and Unit Manager

Contact

Email: LNWH-tr.SMCFIC@nhs.net
Tel: 020 8453 2656
Twitter or X: @PolyposisRegUK
Address: St Mark’s Centre for Familial Intestinal Cancer, St Mark’s Hospital, Central Middlesex, Acton Lane, Park Royal NW10 7NS

The Team

Clinical Directors
Professor Sue Clark (Consultant Surgeon, Polyposis Registry), Professor Huw Thomas (Consultant Gastroenterologist, Family Cancer Clinic), Dr Andrew Latchford Consultant Gastroenterologist (Polyposis Registry), Dr Kevin Monahan (Consultant Gastroenterologist, Lynch Syndrome)

Professor Omar Faiz (Consultant Colorectal Surgeon), Mr Ashish Sinha (Consultant Colorectal Surgeon), Dr Warren Hyer (Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist), Vicky Cuthill (Nurse Consultant and Manager), Ripple Man (Specialist Nurse Endoscopist)

Nurse Practitioners
Laura Monje-Garcia (Lynch Syndrome Project National Lead Nurse), Jackie Hawkins (Paediatric Nurse Practitioner), Menna Hawkins, James Cockburn, Cherryl Cabalit

Administrators
Carleen Tsolu (Lead Administrator), Kalpana Shah, Sandra Soares, Louisa Adjei Tawiah (Family History and MDT Coordinator)

Further Information

Referral Guidelines
Family History Questionnaire
Lynch Syndrome Clinic
Polyposis Information Day
Lynch Syndrome Information Evening

External websites

Lynch Syndrome UK
Bowel Cancer UK

The History of the Polyposis Registry

The Polyposis Registry at St Mark’s Hospital represents possibly the longest running research project in the world. It began in 1924 when a Pathologist, Dr Cuthbert Dukes, and Mr J.P. Lockhart-Mummery, a surgeon, discussed some patients they thought to be both interesting and rare. These patients not only had multiple polyps in the bowel but also a family history of bowel cancer.

Dr Dukes was already involved in the science of polyps and cancer, and in his laboratory at St Mark’s he set the groundwork for much of the science that continues today. Mr Lockhart Mummery added to this his knowledge of recording family histories and together they set up a formal system for collecting information. They were helped by Dr Dukes’ laboratory assistant, the young HJR Bussey. This young man developed such a fascination for polyposis that by the 1960s he had been awarded a PhD for his work in polyposis and become world famous for his knowledge about the condition.

In those early days, St Mark’s Hospital was supported by voluntary contributions but today it is, of course, part of the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS does not, however, support research into polyposis. The money for this comes from charities such as Cancer Research UK and the St Mark’s Hospital Foundation.