Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK, with approximately 42,000 new cases diagnosed per year.

Treatment for Bowel cancer may include a combination of Surgery, Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy.  However treatment will vary depending to the extent of the cancer at diagnosis.

The Colorectal Cancer Unit at the NNUH is one of the largest units in the United Kingdom treating approximately 492 cases per year and is a Centre of Excellence.

We also provide Bowel Cancer Screening via the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

The health professionals below are all members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) specialising in Colon, Rectal and Anal cancer. Your care will be managed by a Colorectal Surgeon or an Oncologist. Throughout your treatment you will be supported by our Specialist Colorectal or Oncology Nursing team. The Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialists, in their role as your Key worker, will co-ordinate your treatment and investigations.

Conditions treated

  • Colon cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Anal cancer (Specialist MDT linking with Ipswich NHS Trust, James Paget NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital).


  • Diagnosis
  • Specialist MDT.
  • Surgery: First unit in the region to offer robotic surgery.
  • Tertiary Referral Centre for: Ipswich NHS Trust, James Paget NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital.
  • Complex Cancers: Pelvic exenteration, HIPEC- we make tertiary referrals to other Trusts for optimum patient treatment.
  • Clinical Trials.
  • Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy.
  • Surveillance


  • 2 week wait clinic.
  • Low Anterior Resection Syndrome Clinic.
  • Moving on/ Survivorship Clinic.


Colorectal Consultants Oncology Consultants
Mr El-Hadi Dr Gaurav Kapur
Mr J Hernon Dr Debashis Biswas
Dr Andrew Ho
Mr I Shaikh
Mr A Stearns
Mr R Wharton
Mr A Mishra
Mr J Dastur
To contact your Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialist and Macmillan Cancer Care Navigator, please call 01603 287828.
To contact your Colorectal Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, please call 01603 288958.
To contact the Stoma Nurse Team who have access to Community Stoma Nurses, please call 01603 286441
To contact the MDT Coordinator please call 01603 289740

Patient Support Services

Bowel Cancer Support Group

This local support group meets four times a year (Mondays) at the NNUH providing support and advice for patients and their families/carers who have treatment for Bowel cancer. At present this is suspended due to COVID, please contact Colorectal Clinical Nurse Specialists (01603) 287828 for updates.

Macmillan Benefits Advice Service

Local advisors who can give support and information regarding money worries.

Big C Cancer Charity Support and Information Centre

The Big C offers many complimentary therapies, financial and emotional support, and support groups for people affected by all types of cancer.

Bowel Cancer UK

Macmillan Cancer Support

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Carers  Matter Norfolk

Useful information