Typically with lung cancer, symptoms are experienced once the disease has spread, making it unlikely to be cured. However, if it is caught early, then lung cancer can be successfully treated by our expert consultants.
At Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care, we will assess your risk factors for developing lung cancer. Only if necessary, we will recommend a low-dose computed tomography (CT scan) to detect signs of early lung cancer.
About lung cancer
Lung cancer develops when cells become abnormal and grow out of control. Over time, they form a clump, also known as a tumour. Lung cancer develops in the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs - your airways. It can grow within the lung, and it can spread outside the lung.
Some common symptoms of lung cancer are:
- a persistent cough
- a chest infection that does not get better
- a dull ache in the chest
- a sharp pain when breathing in deeply
- a hoarse voice
- shortness of breath.
People with an increased risk of developing lung cancer may include those who:
- have a regular and heavy history of smoking, and...
- have a strong family history of lung cancer, and/or...
- are over 50 years old (more than 8 in 10 lung cancer cases occur in the over 60s).
The link between tobacco and cancer was established more than 50 years ago. Current research shows that smokers are 15 times more likely to die from lung cancer than people who have never smoked. Smoking causes almost 90 percent of lung cancer deaths.
What happens at the assessment?
Our lung cancer risk assessment service includes an appointment with a specialist who will assess your risk factors for developing lung cancer and then discuss these with you. If appropriate, you may be offered help with stopping smoking.
In some circumstances, your consultant will recommend a low dose computed tomography (CT scan), which is a type of scan that can detect early lung cancer, at stage 1 or 2, even before symptoms are present. With early detection, lung cancer can be successfully treated.
Our lung cancer risk assessment service is led by some of the UK’s leading specialists in respiratory medicine, including:
- Professor Pallav Shah
- Professor Michael Polkey
- Professor Robert Wilson
- Dr William Man
- Dr Jaymin Morjaria
A lung cancer risk assessment is priced from £250.
CT scans, if recommended, start from £907 (depending on the scan required).
Payment for an assessment is required in advance of your visit and can be made in a variety of different ways.
- Private medical insurance: The cost of an outpatient appointment may be covered by private medical cover. RB&HH Specialist Care has agreements with most UK medical insurance schemes, but you should always check with your insurer before finalising your appointment or starting any treatment.
- Self-pay: For patients paying for their own appointment, we accept all major credits cards, banker’s drafts and cash.
- Embassy: Some international patients are sponsored by their country’s embassy. Please check with your embassy.