As the respiratory part of the thoracic oncology team, we see more than 500 patients a year.
We provide long term care for you, your family and carers leading up to, during and after your investigations for a possible diagnosis of thoracic cancer (such as lung cancer or mesothelioma).
We run four respiratory clinics on Tuesday mornings to see new patients, arrange tests and discuss treatment.
At this appointment, you'll be able to meet with the lung cancer nurse specialist, and given their contact details. They will help co-ordinate your tests and appointments, and support you and your family during this difficult time. They will also help to co-ordinate your care if you're having treatment (such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery). The nurse specialist will stay in close contact with you, the thoracic oncology team, your GP and the community teams.
If you have a pleural effusion (build up of excess fluid around your lungs), we can see you at short notice to stop you needing to be admitted to hospital.
Our team offers state of the art diagnostic procedures such as bronchoscopy and EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound) three times a week. We also have fast access to carry out scans and imaging such as CT and PET CT scans.
If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, your case will be discussed at the weekly meeting of everyone in the thoracic oncology team. They will review your case and discuss the options and the best way forward for you.
You can find out more about our team here.