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Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists are experienced nurses with specialist training to support people with lung cancer, or those who are suspected of having lung cancer, from investigation through to treatment and beyond.

They are part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) involved in the care and treatment of people who have a diagnosis of lung cancer, coordinating patient care and acting as the first point of contact for queries.  They can help with important issues relating to diagnosis, care and treatment including:

Explaining Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Answering questions and providing information to help people affected by lung cancer to take part in important decisions about their care.

Emotional Support

Dealing with a diagnosis, or potential diagnosis of cancer can be very difficult and cause anxiety.  For many people, it can be helpful to talk about their feelings and concerns with their Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Symptom Control

Helping people with lung cancer to manage symptoms, for example difficulty with breathing, coughing or pain (not everyone will experience these symptoms).

Financial Advice and Signposting to Other Services

Providing information on how people affected by cancer can access practical support, benefits or grants. They can also provide information about other service, for example benefits advice or local support groups.

Your Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists are:

Darlington Memorial Hospital

Karen Capenhurst - 01325 743425

Sophie Hope - 01325 743046

Lead Clinican - Dr Sophie Wyn Jones

University Hospital of North Durham

Joanne Willis - 0191 333 2331

Jackie Fletcher - 0191 332 731

Lead Clinician - Dr Cummings

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital