GI Oncology (HPS320)

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GI Oncology (HPS320)

Module Objective

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse and synthesise their understanding of initial clinical assessment of the patient presenting with symptoms suggestive of GI malignancy. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to apply their knowledge in the clinical setting with respect to the management options available and discuss these with the supervising clinician based on investigation findings and demonstrate the ability to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations using the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist. They will be expected to recognise the presence of underlying malignant disease in patients sent for tests of GI tract function.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse, synthesise and apply their knowledge with respect to GI oncology including: 

  • the clinical presentation of GI malignancies, and the possibility of detecting these conditions sent for tests of physiological function. Include: dysphagia and heartburn secondary to distal oesophageal malignancy;
    • heartburn.
    • tenesmus.
    • pelvic pain.
    • change in bowel habit and anorectal symptoms secondary to GI cancer.
  • HIV related GI malignancy
  • anal and rectal cancer
  • surgical and adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • the epidemiology, risk factors and where applicable the genetic basis where applicable of the GI malignancies.
  • the investigation/management pathway for suspected GI malignancies, and recognise the need to expedite the investigation of the patient.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to recognise and respond appropriately to gastrointestinal red flag symptoms such as unintentional weight loss, altered bowel habit, dysphagia, and recurrent vomiting.

By the end of the module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations consistently demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist. Within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and: 

  • deal appropriately with patients where malignant disease is suspected, and recognise the need to involve healthcare professionals with appropriate counselling skills and background knowledge.
  • maintain the highest standards of professional behaviour including a prioritisation of the patient’s dignity during intimate examinations.
  • work within personal limitations and ask for help, especially with regard to clinical issues.
  • use effective judgement and decision-making skills.
  • work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and demonstrate leadership where appropriate.
  • manage time and prioritise workload e.g. balance urgent and important demands.
  • work in accordance with ethical principles prioritising patient safety, confidentiality and within the boundaries of informed consentmanage time and prioritise workload e.g. balance urgent and important demands.
  • be committed to and support continuous improvement of gastrointestinal services, with particular reference to auditing practice, evidence based practice, innovation, new and improved technologies.