SCCNG Study Day Review


The 2016 SCCNG Study Day was held at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh on 26 October.

sccng2016receptionwebThis year the Study Day moved from Glasgow to Edinburgh and we were very pleased to welcome 80 colorectal nurses from all over Scotland. Our theme this year was “A blast of science: what’s new in colorectal cancer management”.


The day began with a presentation by consultant colorectal surgeon Mr Chinnappa Reddy on the surgical options for patients with early rectal cancer and the challenges of organ preservation vs prevention of recurrence.  He also told us about the various non surgical trials which are currently running. Mr Reddy came straight from his night shift to deliver this presentation, so we were delighted he could attend!


Paul Fineron, consultant histopathologist followed this with a fascinating talk on biopsy diagnosis, anatomy and staging, and detecting cancer in lymph nodes and blood vessels amongst other challenges.  He also gave insight into developing  areas of work including identification of hereditary cancer syndromes,  mutations that effect response of a carcinoma to therapy and  influence prognosis.


After the break, Ashita Waterston, consultant medical oncologist from the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre explained the chemotherapy and targeted therapy regimes that her team are currently using for  1st, 2nd and 3rd line treatment.


David Morrison, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde gave a thought- provoking presentation on the evidence for some of the causes of bowel cancer, including excessive intake of red and processed meat, alcohol and obesity. He outlined a study of the fitness levels of Scottish bowel cancer patients pre-op and how many followed health advice after  a diagnosis.


Gillian Knowles, cancer nurse consultant at Western General Hospital gave a very clear explanation of anal cancer, which has a relatively small but growing incidence.  Gillian described the late effects that pelvic chem0-radiation can cause and the new foll0w-up pathway that NHS Lothian has introduced. She also reported on  VMAT and IMRT radiotherapy, which may bring about a reduction in acute effects.


After lunch, which was a great opportunity for networking over a healthy bowl of  stir-fry noodles, Charlotte Dawson, Beating Bowel Cancer’s senior nurse advisor, told the nurses about the services available to patients and relatives all over the country via telephone, email and our patient and relative forums. She  encouraged the nurses to signpost to these services as a back up to hospital care.


hassanmalikwebHassan Malik, consultant hepatobiliary surgeon from Aintree University Hospitals then gave a great account of the principles of liver surgery and how surgical techniques can be combined with other treatments for patients with liver metastases for the best outcome.


We finished the programme with Susan Moug, consultant colorectal surgeon, giving a lively account of prehabilitation for neoadjuvant rectal cancer patients. Her team have been involved in the REx trial, which aims to increase the fitness of patients before surgery through a walking programme, leading to quicker recovery.


We would like to thank the SCCNG Committee, Aileen Roy, Hazel Steel and Linda Sherwood for their help in finding such great speakers for the programme.


We are also very grateful for the support of our sponsors, who made this study day possible.