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Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, affecting about 46,400 people per year.
The incidence in men is reducing, however in women the incidence is increasing.
Most lung cancers are smoking related, but there are other risk factors.

There are two main types of lung cancer:

  1. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer NSCLC
  2. Small – Cell Lung Cancer SCLC

The lung Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) team also care for patients with mesothelioma. This is a type of cancer arising in the lining of the lung, normally as a result of asbestos exposure. This is deemed as an industrial related disease, and usually occurs many years after exposure to asbestos.
There are approximately 2,700 new cases per year in the UK, but account for less than 1% of all new cancer diagnoses.

What does the Lung Cancer CNS do?

A Clinical Nurse Specialist is able to offer increased levels of support, advice and guidance to patients with cancer. All patients with cancer should have access to a CNS. They are usually present with the consultant when a diagnosis of cancer is given but if you are unsure whether you have seen one or not please feel free to ask your consultant. The CNS works closely with hospital nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to maximise the independence, dignity and quality of life of people suffering from cancer. They also liaise closely with community carers and GPs to ensure you receive the highest quality of care at home. You may see the CNS when you are on the ward, while having surgery, chemotherapy treatment or at the outpatient appointments. You will also be given contact details of your CNS and they can be contacted by telephone, between the hours of 09.00 – 16.30 hrs Monday to Friday.

Lung Cancer CNS contact details

Via telephone Monday to Friday between 09.00 – 16.30 hrs (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays). There is an answer phone facility on this phone and we would be grateful if you leave a message with your name and contact details. 

Alternatively, you can contact us via email: lungcancernurses@royalberkshire.nhs.uk

Messages may not be returned until the following working day as this isn't an emergency service.

Information, websites and links

Lung Cancer CNS
contact details

Telephone Monday to Friday from 8.30am - 4.30pm
(excluding weekends and Bank Holidays).

There is an answerphone facility on this phone
Please leave a message with your name and contact details.



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