Lung cancer

Lung cancer treatment at GenesisCare

At GenesisCare, we specialise in the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating all types of cancer, including lung cancer. We have teams of highly trained doctors who are experts in this disease. They work together to evaluate the newest, evidence-based approaches so we can offer these to every patient – without delay.

Lung cancer journey
Chapter 1

Treatment overview

As the third most common type of cancer in the UK, there are many advanced and innovative techniques available for lung cancer.

We are the UK’s leading specialist private cancer care provider. By choosing us, you can be reassured that your treatment will be managed by a team of specialists working together with you to decide the best personalised care plan for your diagnosis.

This may include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy. We combine these with integrative care such as exercise medicine and psychological support, carefully planned to help you to achieve the optimum outcome.

This is our commitment to offer world-class care to every patient with cancer.

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These web pages provide more information about lung cancer treatment at GenesisCare. If you would like to contact us in confidence, we will be happy to answer any of your questions.
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Chapter 2

Diagnostics

At GenesisCare we diagnose and treat a wide range of cancers, and we understand that this can be a very worrying time. Our lung cancer diagnosis services are first-class, and our commitment is to give you the answers you need, as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember that symptoms can often be caused by other conditions, not lung cancer. Whatever your diagnosis, we can make sure you get the expert care you need, without delay.

If you’re concerned about lung cancer symptoms, we offer specialist lung cancer tests and diagnostics within our centres. Here you’ll see one of our expert consultants who specialise in cancers of the lung. They’ll assess your symptoms and, if necessary, refer you for diagnostic tests such as a CT scan, ultrasound scan, biopsy and bronchoscopy. We know it can be challenging to juggle appointments and normal life, so we’ll do our best to offer an appointment at a time that suits you.

Lung cancer symptoms

Lung cancer does not always cause symptoms, especially in the early stages. Signs of lung cancer can include:

• Coughing
• Chest infections or pains
• Breathlessness
• Fatigue
• A hoarse voice
• Blood in your phlegm or mucus
• Loss of appetite
• Unexplained weight loss

These symptoms may be caused by other benign conditions, having one or more of the signs above doesn’t mean you have lung cancer. If you’re concerned about lung cancer, you should talk to your GP, and they can refer you to a pulmonologist if they think it’s needed, or you can book directly with us.

Chapter 3

Surgery

Surgery is often the first treatment for lung cancers, and it forms part of an overall treatment and care plan.

Our consultants have close relationships with expert surgeons from both local and nationally-renowned hospitals and will work together with other cancer specialists to decide the best course of treatment for you. If your consultant recommends lung cancer surgery, this can be arranged conveniently at one of our partner hospitals. You can then continue your other treatments at GenesisCare.

There are various different procedures for lung cancer surgery, for example, a lobectomy to remove the part of your lung containing the cancer. Your surgeon will recommend the most appropriate technique depending on the size and stage of your tumour.

Chapter 4

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses targeted, high-energy radiation beams to destroy cancer cells. It’s often a preferred treatment option for patients with non-small cell lung cancer who are not suitable for surgery, though it can be used in combination with chemotherapy (chemoradiation) or after surgery to remove any remaining cancerous tissue.

At GenesisCare we are the leading private provider of radiotherapy in the UK and offer world-class expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and advanced radiotherapy techniques. Our latest-generation radiotherapy machines (called linacs) deliver highly targeted radiation beams that are designed to be effective while minimising the radiation dose to healthy tissues.

Your radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer will be governed by our expert multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), consisting of oncologists, radiotherapists and medical physicists. They’ll work together to ensure that you receive only the best possible care.

We offer:

Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is a modern radiotherapy technique which directs beams of radiation in an arc across the treatment area. Together with surface-guided radiotherapy (SGRT), it’s possible to precisely target areas of cancer, adjusting the beam and intensity of the radiation dose to allow for movements in the body and avoid healthy tissues. Side effects of radiotherapy occur when healthy tissues receive radiation, so using this technique helps to limit the dose to tissues and organs surrounding the tumour. At GenesisCare we offer VMAT wherever possible because it is widely recognised to be the highest standard of care currently available for patients needing this type of radiotherapy.

4DCT is a computed tomography (CT) scan used to assess how much your lung tumour moves when you breathe. If the tumour moves less than 1 cm, you can breathe normally while the radiotherapy is delivered. If it moves more than 1 cm during breathing, we’ll use additional techniques, such as deep inspiration breath hold, to reduce tumour movement during treatment to help ensure it’s accurately targeted.

Deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) is a technique used when treating lung cancers to help control movements due to breathing and minimise any radiation delivered to healthy tissues during treatment.

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) is an advanced radiotherapy technique that uses very focused, high-energy radiation beams to remove tumours in five or fewer sessions – it’s often used instead of surgery.

MRIdian is a new type of machine which delivers SABR. It includes an MR scanner with the radiotherapy machine to take live images so it can see exactly where a tumour is at the same time as treating it, safely avoiding the healthy tissues and organs surrounding it. GenesisCare has the first two MRIdian MR linacs in the UK at our centres in Oxford and Cromwell Hospital in London, and a team of specialists dedicated to treating cancers of the lung, amongst others. Don’t worry if you’re not in the Oxford or London area – we accept referrals from all over the UK and can help our patients with transport depending on treatment and locations.

We also offer palliative VMAT radiotherapy for those living with advanced lung cancer, where it has spread elsewhere in the body, to improve pain and increase mobility. We understand that fast access to palliative care is paramount and can usually provide treatment within 48 hours of a planning imaging scan.

Side effects: 
No treatment is without side effects. Your doctor will explain these to you before you start your course of radiotherapy, together with the ways your treatment plan and supporting care can help to manage or minimise these.

Advanced radiotherapy
Chapter 5

Drug treatments

At GenesisCare, we offer all drug therapies that can be used to treat and manage lung cancer, including many of the newest treatments. Depending on how these treatments are given to you, you may need to attend one of our private chemotherapy suites which are staffed by our specialist nurses. Our compassionate nursing teams are available 24/7 on a dedicated on-call telephone service, and can answer any queries during your treatment. They’ll be able to provide advice about side effects or symptoms and help arrange appropriate medical care when needed.

Our centres have all received the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark to reflect the quality of care we provide for people living with cancer.

There are different types of drug treatments, also called systemic anti-cancer therapies. Our expert teams continually review and assess new treatments to make these available to GenesisCare patients as early as possible. Your doctor will recommend the most appropriate treatment for you based on your precise diagnosis.

Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy uses cytotoxic (anti-cancer) drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer can be delivered on its own, before or after surgery, or in combination with other treatments including radiotherapy (chemoradiation) and immunotherapy.

Targeted therapy
Targeted (also called biological) therapies are a specialised group of drugs that have been designed to attack or block certain processes in cancer cells that tumours depend on to survive and grow.

Immunotherapy
Immunotherapies work by helping your body’s own immune system to recognise and fight the cancer.

Palliative care 
If your cancer has spread to other parts of the body, it’s called advanced or metastatic lung cancer. At GenesisCare, you can receive palliative drug treatment for advanced lung cancer, to reduce the size and progress of your cancer and ease any symptoms.

Personalised medicine
For some advanced cancers, we use specialist tests, such as liquid biopsy or genomic testing, to understand the genetic make-up of cancer cells. This helps us to identify which drugs are available to work against the particular genetic mutations in a cancer, allowing us to start effective treatment without delay.
There may also be opportunities to access clinical trials for the newest treatments for lung cancer.

Side effects
No treatment is without side effects. Your doctor will explain these to you depending on your drug treatment, together with the ways your treatment plan and supporting care can help to manage or minimise these.

Medical Oncology
Chapter 6

Integrative care

At GenesisCare, we do more than just treat your cancer. As part of our unique and integrative approach to cancer care, you can expect the best possible care and a personalised treatment plan that also includes access to life-changing therapies which are proven to improve cancer-related outcomes. These therapies will be tailored to you to help you manage and cope with your cancer as well as the specific side effects of treatment.

Exercise medicine
Exercise medicine is a personalised programme of carefully planned and supported physical activity has been shown to improve outcomes for cancer patients, by enhancing their quality of life and limiting the impact of cancer, such as by improving strength and reducing fatigue. One of our physiotherapists specialising in exercise for people living with cancer will provide a 12-week programme tailored to you supported by our dedicated GenesisCare Exercise Medicine app. They’ll work closely with you to monitor changes in your health and support you throughout the programme to help you get the best results.

Wellbeing 
We also offer a wellbeing expert and holistic therapies such as counselling, acupuncture, massage and reflexology through our unique partnership with the Penny Brohn UK charity. This service is available to all lung cancer patients at any of our 14 UK centres.

Windsor
Chapter 7

Why GenesisCare?

GenesisCare is a leading private provider of cancer care, offering the latest innovations and techniques that are proven to be safe and effective. If you choose us for lung cancer treatment, you’ll be under the care of a team of experts, including consultant oncologists and surgeons. They’ll design a personalised care plan based around your diagnosis and preferences, with treatment starting within days if needed. Every patient is also supported through their journey with life-changing therapies, such as exercise medicine and psychological support.

Our dedicated cancer centres are convenient and easy-to-access. You can use your private medical insurance, and we’re recognised by all leading insurers.

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, our priority is to continue providing the very best cancer care with meticulous measures in place to ensure our patients receive the treatments they need safely and without delay. You can find out more about our COVID-19 safety measures here.

We are proud that so many patients rate our care as excellent as we help them through their cancer journey. Find out more about the unique experiences of people who have had their cancer diagnosis or treatment at GenesisCare in our patient stories section.