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London Private Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic

Lung Cancer


Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and can have serious consequences if not detected early enough. Unfortunately, the signs of lung cancer tend to only surface once the disease has spread, making the disease even more difficult to cure. Here at The Harley Street Clinic we offer a Lung Cancer Early Screening Clinic which will identify if you are at risk of lung cancer and offer effective treatment where necessary.  Our clinic will assess your risk factors and medical history for lung cancer, as part of this assessment and only if necessary we will recommend a low-dose Computed Tomography (CT scan) to detect the signs of early lung cancer.

What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer develops as the result of uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells which can appear in either one or both lungs. According to Cancer Research UK, in 2014 there were 46,403 cases of people being diagnosed with lung cancer and there were 35,895 deaths from lung cancer in the UK which represents 22% of total cancer deaths.

Lung cancer usually features in the cells that line the air passages of the lungs, essentially within the tubes that transport air in and out of the lungs known as your airways. The abnormal cells do not develop into healthy lung tissue and over time clump together and form a tumour.

What are the symptoms of Lung Cancer?

The most common symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • Constant stubborn cough
  • Persistent chest infection
  • Coughing up blood
  • Breathing pains
  • Chest or shoulder pains
  • Excessive breathiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

Source: Cancer Research UK

Some of the less common symptoms of lung cancer which are often more linked to advanced stage of lung cancer include; a hoarse weak voice tone, difficulty with swallowing, fingers and nails changing their shape, swelling of the face or neck, shortness of breath caused by fluid around the lungs, raised platelet count (Thrombocytosis) and pain or discomfort under ribs on the right side of the body.

All these symptoms can be caused by many other diseases apart from lung cancer. However, if you are concerned about any of these symptoms, you should consider speaking to your GP immediately about your concerns as you may require an immediate fast-track referral to seek professional medical advice from a lung specialist.

Alternatively, you can request an appointment with one of our Respiratory Physicians but please be aware you may not be suitable for the screening package if you do have any of the above symptoms.

Who is most at risk of developing lung cancer?

Smoking is the main avoidable risk factor for lung cancer, which represents an estimated 86% of lung cancer cases in the UK.

Passive smoking (breathing in other people’s cigarette smoke) also increases the risk of lung cancer, but it is still much less than if you smoke yourself.

Those with an increased risk of developing lung cancer may include people who:

  • Have a previous heavy smoking history and quit within the last 15 years
  • Or are a current regular smoker and
  • Are over 50 years old (more than 8 in 10 lung cancer cases occur in people aged 60 and over)
  • Have had a documented / regular occupational industrial exposure to respiratory carcinogens (e.g. asbestos)
  • Have a strong family history of lung cancer

If you if into the above criteria, it would be advisable for your peace of mind that you consider having a lung cancer assessment as you may be classified as high risk.

If you would like to discuss any of the above further, please contact our dedicated Screening Coordinator at The Harley Street Clinic on 020 7299 0012.

Why is it important to get a lung screening done?

According to Cancer Research UK only 5% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive beyond 10 years in England and Wales. As the survival rate is very low for lung cancer, early detection is crucial in order to increase the chances of treatment being successful as proven in United States which offer early detection screening.

Unfortunately, the typical symptoms for lung cancer only tend to appear to be apparent once the disease has spread, making any possible cure less likely to succeed.

The Harley Street Clinic appreciates the importance of detecting the early signs for lung cancer, hence established its own Lung Cancer Early Screening Clinic to identify and diagnose early lung cancer for concerned patients.

What happens if we detect lung cancer symptoms?

Lumps and abnormalities detected within the lung require careful evaluation.

The majority of such abnormalities are not cancerous; but it can be alarming to be told that your scan is not perfectly clear.

Our advanced Respiratory Multidisciplinary Team will review the scan and with the Respiratory Physician will recommend further investigations if appropriate.

Why should I choose The Harley Street Clinic for my lung cancer screening?

There is currently no national screening programme for lung cancer in the UK, however it is a recognised and recommended form of screening in other countries worldwide. Around 120 people are diagnosed with the disease every day, for two-thirds of these people unfortunately it will be too late for curative treatment.

The Harley Street Clinic is one of the world’s leading private Cancer Centres, renowned for its expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

We have access to the UK’s Top Respiratory Consultants and unlike other clinics we bring together consultants of all disciplines from across London’s leading teaching hospitals to ensure patients have access to the very best expertise and the latest techniques available. Our multidisciplinary approach allows clinicians to discuss each case individually to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment and a holistic care plan for all their health needs. No other screening provider can match the level of expertise of The Advanced Screening Centre at The Harley Street Clinic.

What are the costs?

The costs for our Lung Cancer Early Screening Clinic are as follows:

Stage 1 (Cost £250): Consultation with respiratory specialist who can offer expert advice on managing any risks identified.

Stage 2 (Cost £850): Low Dose CT Scan if required and including a one-to-one follow-up appointment with respiratory consultant if any risks identified from the investigations.

How to book an appointment?

If you have any further queries or would like a consultation with one the UK’s top lung specialist or need a second opinion in order to gain peace of mind about lung cancer please call us to book an appointment:

Screening Coordinator
020 7299 0012