Lung cancer


Kingston Hospital
Galsworthy Road

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About Us

There are two main types of primary lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer, which is less common and accounts for about 10% of cases.

Rarer forms of cancer include mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung covering (pleura) and carcinoid cancer.

We offer a comprehensive diagnostic service. This includes lung function testing, bronchoscopies, specialist ultrasound or CT guided biopsy, MRI, CT and PET scanning. Our pathology service provides expert analysis of blood, cells and tissues.

Lung cancer is usually treated with surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. If you need surgery, you will be seen by a thoracic surgeon at St George’s Hospital.

If you require chemotherapy, this will usually be delivered at Kingston Hospital in our state-of-the-art cancer facility. Patients needing radiotherapy are referred to the Royal Marsden in Sutton.

Key staff

Our lung cancer team is made up of specialists from across the hospital. You might interact with some or all of the following:

  • Respiratory doctors responsible for diagnosis
  • Specialist radiologists and histopathologists who analyse image and samples
  • Clinical or Cancer Nurse Specialists
  • Specialist surgeons and oncologists who deliver treatment

You can find further information about lung cancer at Cancer Research UK or Macmillan Cancer Support


Holistic Needs Assessment (HNA)

If you have cancer, you often need care, support and information above and beyond the management of your condition.

At a holistic needs assessment, a doctor or nurse will discuss your physical, emotional and social needs. It’s about you as a whole, not just your illness.

This is a chance for you to share as much as you want about your worries and concerns. It will help us to clarify your needs and make sure you are referred to the relevant services.

It’s not compulsory, and if you decide not to have an HNA it won’t affect your care. But many patients find it useful because it identifies what help is available – and the doctor or nurse carrying it out can refer you to other services.

An HNA may be offered:

  • Around the time of diagnosis or start of treatment
  • When surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy has been completed

Any time a patient asks for one


The Team

Consultant Respiratory physician

Dr Farid Bazari

Consultant Respiratory physician

Dr Sally O’Connor

Consultant Respiratory physician

Dr Adam Loveridge

Consultant Respiratory physician

Dr Siva Mahenderan

Consultant Respiratory physician

Dr Farzaneh Harraf

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Professor Sanjay Popat

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons

Mr Ian Hunt

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons

Miss Carol Tan

Consultant Clinical Oncologist (Radiotherapy)

Dr Merina Ahmed

Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists

Lorna Smith (Lead)

Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists

Helena Oliveira

Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists

Louise Bagnall

Pre-diagnostic clinical nurse specialist

Alexandra Dunkerley

Nodule clinical nurse specialist

Candice Stephenson


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