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Jargon buster


An investigative procedure where a tube (rigid or flexible) is inserted into the airways of the lungs to examine for abnormalities such as bleeding, inflammation or tumours and sometimes biopsies are taken. Find out more about this procedure at the British Lung Foundation.

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Cardiothoracic Services (Heart and Lung)

Lung Oncology (Cancer) Service

Contact: (0191) - Dr A Ward, Consultant Respiratory Physician

We provide care for patients with suspected or diagnosed cancer affecting the lungs. This specialist clinic is a joint, multi-disciplinary clinic involving doctors and specialist nurses from Chest Medicine, Oncology, and Palliative Care (helping you to control your symptoms).


Patients are referred to the clinic for diagnosis and surgical treatment of cancer. Two specialist Chest Consultants, Dr B Higgins and Dr A Ward, run this clinic along with colleagues from other departments.

Symptoms of lung cancer

Lung cancer is the most common cancer.  Around 1 in 20 men and 1 in 30 women die from lung cancer, and many people diagnosed with the condition are or have been smokers. Early signs of lung cancer include:

  • a new cough or phlegm which lasts for more than 3 weeks
  • chest pain on breathing or
  • coughing up blood.

If you have any of these symptoms you should see your doctor who will arrange for you to have a chest x-ray straight away.

Diagnosing lung cancer

Lung cancer can be cured if found in the early stages, so it is extremely important to seek the advice of your GP if you have any of the symptoms outlined above.

The Freeman Hospital's Lung Cancer Clinic offers rapid access to x-rays, without the need for appointment, at the request of your GP. You will be seen within 14 days of our receiving your GP’s request, and often sooner.

If the x-ray reveals irregularities, an appointment will be made for you to be seen quickly in the clinic, where further tests will be done. Many patients will have a CT scan (a special type of x-ray) at the Freeman Hospital. Specialist x-ray doctors (radiologists) and lung doctors will discuss the findings and conduct further tests, if necessary, to find the cause of the irregularities (often a shadow) which appear on your x-ray.

Many people who have an abnormal chest x-ray turn out not to have lung cancer.  We recognise the importance of helping to reassure all patients who are worried about their symptoms at what can be a very stressful time.

When lung cancer is diagnosed

If following a clinic visit you are found to have signs of lung cancer, your treatment options will be discussed with you by a consultant.

You will also be seen by one of our two specialist nurses, Christine Rushton and Claire Donaldson, who specialize in the investigation of suspected lung cancer. They will provide support and advice through all the stages of your cancer care and treatment.

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