Lung Cancer care at Cancer Centre London
Patients can be seen urgently at the Cancer Centre London for investigations of symptoms such as persisting cough, blood in the sputum or changes on an X-ray which may represent a lung cancer. After initial clinical assessment, including X-ray, urgent investigations including ultrasound, CT or MRI can be undertaken. If sampling of lung tissue is required, this can occur within the Day Unit as a bronchoscopy or in some cases an ultrasound guided or CT guided lung or lymph node biopsy would be undertaken. If necessary patients may need to undergo a PET scan (positron emission tomography).
In addition, patients with carcinoid tumour, mesothelioma and patients who have spread of cancer from other organs to the lungs can be seen.
We have a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and pharmacists working together. Provision of specialist lung cancer care includes the following;
- designated chest physicians
- designated respiratory radiologists
- thoracic surgeons and specialist oncologists providing chemotherapy and radiotherapy
Chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, is provided onsite in the Cancer Centre. Treatment of lung cancer may include surgery and if thoracic surgery is required patients are referred to St Anthony’s Hospital to Mr Ian Hunt or Miss Carol Tan for lung resection, mediastinoscopy or VATS procedures. Other treatments are available including radiofrequency ablation, which is undertaken by Dr Sisa Grubnic, Consultant Respiratory Radiologist.