The patient pathway
The lung cancer service is co-ordinated by the Lung Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) which consists of respiratory physicians, lung cancer nurse specialists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists and pathologists who all have a dedicated interest in the management and treatment of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
The lung cancer nurse specialist team provide support to each patient through the pathway from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up including supportive care.
Once a patient has been referred to the Lung Cancer MDT the decisions that need to be made with regards to the diagnostic tests required and potential treatment options available are made at the twice weekly MDT meetings.
Patients are seen in clinic after the MDT meeting by the respiratory physician or contacted by the lung cancer nurse specialist to discuss options prior to be seeing a surgeon or oncologist.
Patients are encouraged to ask any questions or raise any concerns during the clinic consultations and the team will do their best to help with any concerns. Written information is offered to all patients about the diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients are given a copy letter of the consultations as a record.
When anyone is referred into the service the Lung Investigation Booklet provides key information to assist patients and carers which helps in decision making.
Additional support and information can be helpful and is worth discussing this first with a lung cancer nurse specialist to see what is the most appropriate intervention.
There is a strong commitment to research and the MDT actively recruits to a number of multicentre clinical trials.