A new lung health check to help spot early signs of cancer in people at higher risk of developing it has been opened by Cromwell Hospital.
The service is recommended to people aged over 50 at high risk, who currently smoke or have a history of heavy smoking.
It includes a consultation with a respiratory consultant, a low-dose CT scan, full blood count, full lung function test and patients will have their results assessed by a multi-disciplinary team.
Dr Brian O’Connor
Respiratory consultant Dr Brian O’Connor said: ‘Often people don’t realise they have lung cancer until it’s spread further around the body. This is because lung cancer has little to no symptoms.
‘We want to help those at risk of developing lung cancer by offering them a lung health check. If they need further follow-up treatment or are diagnosed with lung cancer, then we’ll be able to continue their treatment at Cromwell Hospital through our Integrated Cancer Campus, providing access to our specialist lung cancer team.’
Hospital chief executive Philip Luce added: ‘We’re always looking for ways in which we can improve the care and services we offer to patients, and this is a great example of how we do this.
‘We know that early diagnosis helps to save lives and that’s why if a patient does have lung cancer, we’ll provide quick diagnosis, faster access to treatment and the latest technology to aid quicker recovery.’