If you’re worried about any of the symptoms mentioned above, especially if you are or have been a smoker, make an appointment to get checked out as soon as you can.
It’s important to try to discover and diagnose lung cancer early to have the best chance of being able to treat it successfully. Even if the diagnosis comes late there are often still treatment options available and increasingly there are newer therapies becoming available that can significantly improve prognosis.
The diagnostic process may involve a variety of different tests. At OneWelbeck our consultants aim to make the process as smooth as possible for you.
Usually, the first step would be to meet your respiratory consultant and discuss your case. The lung cancer screening programme at OneWelbeck involves a triage to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for screening. You can learn more about lung cancer screening here.
The starting point for most pathways will be a CT scan of your chest. A biopsy (small sample of tissue) is then required to confirm that cancer is present.
At OneWelbeck we perform CT-guided biopsies and endoscopic biopsies. You can read more about these on EBUS and bronchoscopy pages.
As well as confirming a diagnosis of lung cancer, the biopsy will indicate which type of cancer is present and how advanced it is. This will help inform your treatment plan so that we can provide you with the most effective treatments available.
At OneWelbeck, we pride ourselves on working as a multidisciplinary team (MDT). By sharing our expertise we ensure that if you are diagnosed with lung cancer you have access to the best possible care for you.