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.
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
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
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