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Cancer information for people in south east Scotland

A very useful and informative site for anyone in Fife affected by cancer is that provided by SCAN – the South East Scotland Cancer Network.
This site has information which will benefit everyone affected; patients, families, and carers. It includes details of local services in the South East of Scotland for those who live in the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife or Lothian, and links to national cancer websites.

The site provides links to information on cancer by type of cancer and useful patient videos such as the Chemotherapy treatment information video from NHS Lothian. 

Visit SCAN

Initial diagnosis and tests for cancer

Your GP will first ask about your general health and carry out a physical examination. If your GP suspects cancer, you'll usually be referred to a specialist at a hospital for further investigation.

You will need some investigations and tests so that the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) can diagnose, treat and monitor your condition.

Once all your investigations have been carried out, the results will be discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting. This will include specialists from the X-ray, pathology, oncology and surgery departments. All the doctors will use their specialist knowledge to make a decision about your diagnosis and treatment. Following this discussion they will meet with you and your family and recommend the most appropriate form of treatment for you.

The cancer specialist team


A surgeon will carry out your operation or surgical procedure, should one be necessary. Your surgeon will be a specialist in your particular type of cancer.


You will hear for a doctor who specialises in treating cancer patients. They have expert knowledge in chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. If necessary you will see an oncologist to discuss the advantages of chemotherapy and/or any other treatments or trials.

Clinical Nurse Specialist

These nurses provide information and support for you and your family throughout your care. They can help with any physical, emotional or social concerns you may have. They work as part of your specialist team to co-ordinate your care. We’ve produced a Fife Clinical Nurse Specialist leaflet to help you understand how these nurses can support you.

Once a plan has been made, a clinic appointment will be made for you to see a specialist as an outpatient. At each step your specialist nurse will outline what care and treatment options are available to you and explain anything you are uncertain or concerned about.