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Specific Cancers:

Lung Cancer Service

Contact Us

Eunice Eggleton, Ros Goldsmith & Karen Allen
Respiratory Nurse Specialists for Lung Cancer
Telephone No: 01225 821847

Secretaries
Dr Malin
Telephone No: 01225 825322
Dr Foley
Telephone No: 01225 824531
Dr Alexander
Telephone No: 01225 824227
Dr Masani
Telephone No: 01225 821841
Dr Suntharalingam
Telephone No: 01225 825408

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Clinic times

General respiratory clinics:
9am – 5pm
Monday - Friday

Lung cancer clinics – 2 per week
Wednesday or Thursday 9am – 1pm (Alternates)
Friday 9am – 1pm

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The Service

Patients who have respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and many other conditions are seen in the respiratory outpatient department.

For the purpose of this information site we are concentrating on the lung cancer service.

Patients referred by their GP as “urgent - suspected lung cancer” are seen in the respiratory clinic within 14 calendar days of the GP Referral as per the national guidance.

The respiratory doctor will examine the patient. The doctors' consultation will include questions about any known medical problems, symptoms, medications, smoking history, asbestos contact, employment history and social situation.

The doctor may request investigations, prescribe medications or refer patients to other specialist doctors.

Patients will be offered a copy of the clinic letter that is sent to their GP for their information.

Patients can have their chosen family or friends with them for the consultation.
Patients can feel free to ask any questions and express any concerns. It is sometimes helpful to write a list of questions to ask the doctor. It is also helpful if patients take details of any medications and any other information they think may be relevant to the doctor.

Appropriate investigations are then requested. These may include one or several of the following:

These investigations are done at the RUH

If a surgical investigation is required to make a diagnosis, this will be performed at the BRI. The team have close links with the BRI who send a consultant thoracic surgeon to attend the weekly MDT.

All patients with suspected lung cancer will then be discussed at the weekly multi- disciplinary team meeting, before being seen again in outpatients to discuss the results.

If a diagnosis of lung cancer is confirmed the clinic doctor will refer patients back to the GP for ongoing care or on to oncology, surgeons or palliative care as appropriate.

A lung Cancer Nurse Specialist is present for support if appropriate, whenever possible. In their absence patients can be given their contact details and information.

Patients can contact the lung cancer nurses for support and information at any stage. The lung cancer nurses can liaise with the respiratory team, the oncology department, the surgical team, GP's and some community services to ensure continuity of care.

We are situated in RUH Central on the second floor.

There is a large reception and waiting area with a drinks machine & reading materials available.

There are 3 toilets including one which facilitates wheelchair users.

There are 4 clinic rooms.

In the department there is a lung function testing service. The offices for the respiratory nurse specialists, the respiratory consultants and their secretaries are based here also.

Treatment

Treatment options can include:

Radiotherapy is mainly performed at the RUH but some patients need to go to Bristol for more complex treatments or planning.

Chemotherapy is performed at the RUH in the Chemotherapy suite.

Any surgery will be performed at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Patients with recurrent pleural effusions may be seen in the pleural procedures clinic for review and drainage. This clinic is on Wednesdays 9am-1pm.

Any Complimentary Therapies can be organised in the community by the patient or some GP surgeries.

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Services in the Community

Outpatients can be supported in the community by their GP's and District nurses. The GP surgery can arrange occupational therapy and social worker assessments and arrange care in the community.

Palliative care services are offered by the local hospice Dorothy House.
(Or another hospice if outside their catchment area)

Dorothy House can offer :

GP's or specialist nurses can refer patients and relatives to the palliative care services.

The RUH is in the process of appointing a benefits advisor based in the cancer information centre, who will be able to advise patients and relatives on benefit entitlements.

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The Service Team

The Team:

Lung Cancer Lead Clinician
Dr Vidan Masani

Consultant Lung Cancer Physicians (Rotational Post)
Dr Andrew Alexander
Dr Noeleen Foley
Dr Adam Malin
Dr Vidan Masani
Dr Jay Suntharalingam

Radiotherapy
Dr Oliveria Frimm

Chemotherapy
Dr Chris Williams
Dr Emma de Winton
Dr Oliveria Frimm

Histopathologist
Dr Simon Rose

Cytologist
Dr Simon Rose

Radiologist
Dr Toby Hall

Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist
Ross Goldsmith
Karen Allan
Eunice Eggleton

Thoracic Surgeon
Mr Tim Batchelor

MDT Co-ordinator
Yvonne Geddes

Extended members of the MDT

Clinical Trials
Tania Allen

Specialist Palliative Care
Dr Chris Higgs, Dr Trish Needham
Caroline Groom, Rachel Davies
Annie Murray

Cancer Information Specialist
Trudy Langton

Social Worker
Dependent upon PCT

Chaplin/Pastoral Care Worker
RUH Chaplaincy Team

Clinical Psychologist
Mike Osborn

Dietician
RUH Team – not named

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Research - Open Clinical Trials

A number of clinical trials are always taking place and patients are given the option of being included in any that are relevant to them.

Patients with lung cancer will have the opportunity to discuss trials at their oncology appointments.

For more information contact:

Tania Allen
Research Nurse
Telephone no: 01225 821257

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