Lung cancer campaign
Read our lung cancer report, including recommendations for improving diagnosis and care.
The report makes a series of recommendations for improving the diagnosis of lung cancer and the care that follows:
- Funding for a national awareness campaign
- A commitment to rapid adoption of a targeted, evidenced-based lung cancer screening programme
- Lung cancer risk assessment and clinical decision support tools tested and made available in all primary care practices
- Introduce a timed pathway for patients with suspected lung cancer admitted as an emergency
- Rapid access outpatient pathways introduced to prevent unnecessary emergency admissions
- GPs able to make direct access referrals for CT scans for patients with suspected lung cancer
- All chest X-rays and CT scans formally reported within four days, and local systems in place to trigger referrals to a specialist rapid access lung cancer clinic
- GP practices and secondary care consultants to share access to their direct telephone or email addresses to speed discussion about high risk cases
- Centralised systems set up in order to ensure data can be shared
- A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) available to all patients suspected to have lung cancer
- All patients diagnosed in an emergency setting seen within 24 hours by an acute oncology nurse
Read the full recommendations in detail:
Thank you to all members of the expert working group who steered the production of this report.