Overview

Lung cancer

We treat lung cancers and other less common cancers found near the lungs. This includes mesothelioma and cancer of the thymus, a gland between the lungs.

This group of cancers are sometimes described by doctors as thoracic malignancies.

We aim to assess and diagnose your cancer quickly. We use a range of tests, scans and investigations to do this. These include:

  • CT scanMRI scan or PET-nuclear medicine scan
  • bronchoscopy or endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). This involves putting a thin tube with a camera through your mouth or nose and into your airways. The aim is to photograph, examine and take a small sample of tissue (biopsy) from your lungs or airways. EBUS also uses ultrasound to take a sample of your lymph nodes
  • surgery
  • interventional radiology
  • expert pathology. This includes testing samples of your tumour to help identify the best treatments
  • genomics (studying your genes to help diagnosis)

Your treatment depends on the type and stage of your cancer. It may involve:

  • surgery
  • radiotherapy, including stereotactic radiotherapy, given from different angles at the same time
  • chemotherapy
  • other systemic therapies such as immunotherapy

You can find out more about lung cancer treatments on the NHS website.

We're committed to providing you with personalised cancer care. You can read more about what this means on our cancer care and support page.

You'll have access to:

  • advice from a dietitian
  • benefits and welfare advice through Dimbleby Cancer Care
  • patient support groups
  • physiotherapy
  • psychological support
  • occupational therapy
  • speech and language therapy

Wards

You may need to stay in hospital on one of our wards during your treatment:

Team

Our consultants:

Research and clinical trials

Research is vital to improving the care that you receive when you're unwell. You can help improve healthcare by taking part in research studies at our Trust. During your appointment, ask your healthcare professional about research. They'll be happy to tell you about research studies you could be eligible to join.

You can also email [email protected] for more information.

We have a dedicated clinical trials team. They focus on national and international trials and the development of new therapies.

Contact us

Appointments: 020 7188 4242

Clinical advice

Nurse helpline: 020 7188 4758

Email: [email protected]

Existing patients can use the nurse helpline to speak with one of our lung cancer specialist nurses.

Please leave a message and we'll call you back as soon as possible. We respond to calls made after 4.30pm on the next working day. If you're unwell and need urgent advice, please call our acute cancer service on 020 7188 3754.

Addresses

Lung cancer clinical nurse specialist (CNS) team, palliative care department, ground floor, Borough Wing, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT

Lung cancer clinics, Outpatient Village, Cancer Centre at Guy's, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT

We're open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).

Guy's Cancer at Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT

Guy's Cancer at Queen Mary's Hospital is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

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Do you have any comments or concerns about your care?

Contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

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