Treatments for lung cancer include surgery, systemic therapy and radiotherapy.
If surgery is a treatment option you will have your surgery at St Georges Hospital, Tooting. Follow-up will then be at Kingston Hospital.
Radiotherapy takes place at Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton under the care of a clinical oncologist. Each treatment of radiotherapy is known as a “fraction of radiotherapy”. The amount of fractions will vary depending on the type of lung cancer and treatment regime. The Royal Marsden will discuss this with you and a planning CT scan will be performed before radiotherapy starts.
Systemic therapy is given at Kingston Hospital in the Sir William Rous Unit (SWRU) under the management of a medical oncologist from the Royal Marsden Hospital. If the multi-disciplinary team feel systemic therapy would be the best treatment option, your tissue will be sent off for further analysis to look for any molecular mutations. This ensures you recive the most appropriate treatment for you. This systemic treatment may be chemotherapy, tablet therapy, immunotherapy or a combination of these treatments. They are administered intravenously or orally.
You may have one treatment, or all three treatments at different times of your pathway. Your clinical nurse specialist will be your contact to guide and support you through these treatments.