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Lung Cancer

What we do

The lung cancer nurse specialist team covers care and service delivery for patients in the Bradford area who have a suspected or confirmed lung cancer. The team acts as a single point of contact for patients, carers and the wider MDT (Multidisciplinary Team). They continue to support the patients, families and carers throughout the investigations. This can be either directly in the clinical setting (OPA, inpatient stays) or via telephone support.

A patient's care is discussed at the local MDT meeting on a Thursday. The MDT is where a group of doctors and other health professionals meet to discuss the clinical management of each patients care and treatment. The MDT links into the wider care team in particular the patients GP. This ensures that when treatment decisions are made, on-going support and care is continued.

First appointment

You will have been referred into see a chest physician/doctor by you GP or another specialist. Usually prior to this appointment you will have had either a chest x-ray, CT scan or both. The doctor will discuss your current symptoms/problems and following a clinical examination will discuss you scan results. If further tests are required they may be requested immediately or your case may be discussed at the MDT before arranging any further potential investigations/tests.

The Team

The lung MDT consists of:

Respiratory Physicians

Radiologists

Clinical Nurse Specialists

Histopathologist

Medical oncologist

Clinical oncologist

Thoracic surgeon

Patient pathway facilitator

Medical secretaries

MDT co-ordinator

Feedback, complaints and compliments:

Patients' feedback is very important to establish if there are any changes that need to be made to the services. We try establishing this by completing an annual patient satisfaction survey. Action can be taken based on the results of these surveys but individual feedback is also welcome. If patients do not feel there needs are met then a formal process / complaint would be supported.

Translators and Interpreters:

Translators and interpreters are available for the majority of languages and can be arranged for each appointment. A period of 24hours notice is recommended.

Cancellations:

Please inform the secretaries as soon as possible if you are unable to attend your appointment. If you fail to attend two appointments your care will be transferred back to the care of your GP

Medications:

Please bring a list of current medications with you to each appointment. If you are taking blood thinning tablets we may ask you to stop theses for a short duration of time for specific tests such as biopsies.

Location / Contact details:

The Lung Cancer Fast track service is located at Field House, Bradford Royal Infirmary Tel:01274 382484

Outpatient appointments may be either at the BRI or St Lukes

The Lung Cancer Support Group runs from the Bradford Cancer Support Centre and meets on the 1st Friday of each month, patients and carers are welcome to attend.