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Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with nearly 45,000 people diagnosed with the disease every year. Lung cancer is serious and is often picked up late, when the disease has advanced. Early diagnosis improves long-term survival. 

Finding out that you have cancer can be devastating. The London Clinic’s world-leading surgeons and oncologists will work together with a highly-trained, multidisciplinary team, to provide the latest treatments, a comfortable environment in which to recover and the support you need at this stressful time.

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer develops when cells in the lungs or airways divide and grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way. There are two common types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer, which makes up around four out of every five cases and small-cell cancer, which tends to be more aggressive. Mesothelioma is a much less common type of cancer that affects the covering of the lungs. It often affects people who have been exposed to asbestos.

Who is at risk of lung cancer?

The risk of developing cancer is connected to your age, your genetic heritage and the way you live your life. In lung cancer, lifestyle is a major factor with 85% of cancers thought to be related to smoking. The risk of developing the disease also increases with age. It rarely affects those under forty and most people are in their seventies at the time of diagnosis.

People of all ages who have never smoked can still develop lung cancer, so if you’ve noticed any worrying symptoms see your doctor for assessment and advice.

Signs and symptoms of lung cancer

In the early stages of lung cancer, many people won’t notice any symptoms. As the cancer grows there can be increasing problems. Make an appointment with your doctor if you’ve noticed:

  • Breathlessness.
  • A persistent cough.
  • Chest pain when breathing or coughing.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Weight loss that is unexplained.
  • Feeling tired and unwell.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families

Lung cancer specialists at the London Clinic

The London Clinic’s priority is to provide our patients with support, comfort and access to the best cancer care.

We have a team of consultant surgeons and oncologists to treat your cancer, who are experienced cardiothoracic surgeons with expertise in lung cancer removal and lung resection. The surgeons work in a team with oncologists with specialist knowledge and skills in the treatment of lung cancer.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Our specialists work with multi-disciplinary teams to maintain your physical health, keep you informed about your condition and support your emotional wellbeing. They are dedicated to helping you and your family, every step of the way. Your treatment is planned at a multidisciplinary team meeting. The London Clinic also offers complementary therapy, counselling and extensive physiotherapy service.

Investigations and tests at the London Clinic

The London Clinic offers a range of tests to detect lung cancer in an efficient and comfortable environment. With high-tech imaging, a dedicated endoscopy suite and expert pathologists, we are able to examine and stage lung cancers, so that you are offered the best treatment.

X-ray: A chest X-ray can indicate the presence of a lung cancer.

PET-CT scan: These scans are used to look for disease, inflammation or infection in your body. They identify areas of active cancer within the lung, the lymph nodes and in the rest of the body, so that the stage of the lung cancer can be determined.

Virtual bronchoscopy: The London Clinic offers this high-tech technique which uses CT scan data to construct an image of the airways and visualise even tiny tumours.

Bronchoscopy and biopsy: An expert respiratory physician will examine your airways and lungs using a flexible scope, with a camera attached. Biopsies or fluid washes of the cells will be taken and checked in the laboratory.

The London Clinic has a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite, offering fibre-optic, flexible bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and auto-fluorescence bronchoscopy, which can detect lung cancer at an earlier stage.

Image-guided lung biopsies: Our expert radiologists can take biopsies from the lungs using a fine needle through the chest wall. Images from an ultrasound or CT scan are used to ensure precision.

MRI scan: MRI scans provide further information about the lungs and can identify any cancer spread.

Treatments for lung cancer at the London Clinic

The best treatment for your lung cancer will depend on your general health as well as the size of the cancer, the type of tumour and whether it has spread. 

Your consultant may order some tests to gather more information. They will then develop a customised programme, which may include a combination of treatments.

Surgery: If the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage and is localised to one area, an expert cardiothoracic surgeon may be able to remove the tumour or excise a segment of the lung. The London Clinic has a fully-staffed, intensive care unit to support safe recovery in the post-operative period.

Radiotherapy: High-energy X-ray radiation can be directed at the chest to destroy any remaining cancer cells and stop them from spreading and growing. The Duchess of Devonshire Wing has a radiotherapy suite with the latest image-guided, volumetric arc and intensity-modulated radiotherapy, to increase the accuracy of treatment and reduce complications. We also offer respiratory gated radiotherapy and the CyberKnife to facilitate more precise targeting of the tumour.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can be given by mouth or intravenous injection. Different drugs are used in combination to kill remaining cancer cells and prevent cancer spread.  The London Clinic offers outpatient chemotherapy in a comfortable, private and dis

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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