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At Airedale NHS Foundation Trust we provide an established multidisciplinary lung service. We offer all suspected cancer patients an appointment within two weeks of their GP referral.

At Airedale we offer

If you have suspected lung cancer, you will have been referred to see a chest physician/doctor by your GP or other specialist. Usually prior to this appointment you will have had either a chest x-ray, CT scan or both. The doctor will discuss your current symptoms/problems and following a clinical examination will discuss your scan results and any further tests that might be required.

There are a number of different investigations that we provide locally, however PET scanning is undertaken at Leeds or Bradford;

  • CT scans and ultrasound
  • Biopsies
  • Bronchoscopy – a test to look at the inside of the breathing tubes (airways) in your lungs.

All patients diagnosed with lung cancer are discussed at a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meeting. This is where a group of doctors and other health professionals involved in your care and treatment discuss and decide together the best treatment options for you.

A team of specialist staff provides support to patients diagnosed with lung problems before, during and after treatment.

We work closely with Leeds Teaching Hospitals. If you require lung surgery, you will be transferred to Leeds.

We also work closely with our research team, and you may be approached to take part in a clinical trial. It is entirely your decision if this is something you’d like to take part in.

Our nursing and supportive team

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

A lung Clinical Nurse Specialist is a qualified nurse who has or is undergoing specialist training in lung cancer care and who works as part of the lung care team based within the hospital.

All the members of the lung nurse specialist team have expertise and experience in assisting with patients and carers concerns including:

  • information about the disease illness, investigations, treatments and follow up
  • advice about any symptoms arising as a result of the cancer treatment
  • support for patients, relatives and carers
  • referral to the community nursing teams, such as the District Nurses
  • referral to other professionals who can offer specialist advice such as benefits, social services or complimentary therapies. e.g. Cancer Support Yorkshire
  • Your CNS is likely to be your main contact at the hospital

Our lung clinical nurse specialists are:

  • Sharon Longden – Lead lung CNS
  • Sam Mcanena – lung CNS
  • Nicola Brown – lung CNS

Cancer Care Coordinator (CCC)

The Cancer Care coordinator works as part of the cancer care team alongside registered practitioners to help improve care for people with cancer, helping patients to self-manage and lead as healthy lives as possible. The CCC is not a qualified clinician but is trained and experienced in supporting people with a cancer diagnosis.

CCC’s can offer practical and emotional support, sign posting, and information about lifestyle changes, such as diet, physical activity, benefits referrals, and local support available.

Our Cancer Care Co-Ordinator is: Jayne Helliwell

Contact details

The lung clinical nurse specialist team are happy for you to contact them to discuss anything you feel is important to you and will treat anything you discuss as confidential.

The lung clinical nurse specialist team provide a link and point of contact for you and your family and are your designated key worker.

Tel: 01535 294535

Email: anhsft.lungcns@nhs.net

Useful resources

Useful videos

Living with and beyond cancer

This is one of a series of patient videos produced by the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance with local trusts.

The latest videos feature Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) and other health professionals, along with patient talking about their own experiences of cancer – breaking down barriers around subjects considered sensitive; challenging perceptions and myth-busting, and offering their own advice on how to deal with the impact of cancer on their everyday lives.

All seven films can be viewed on the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership YouTube channel.

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