Lung cancer

Cancer that begins in the lungs is called primary lung cancer, and is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you will have immediate access to our world-leading consultants and state-of-the-art hospitals

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Types of lung cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer

This is the most common form of lung cancer and can be divided into three main types; adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large-cell carcinoma.

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Small cell lung cancer

Small cell lung cancer is a fast growing type of lung cancer that occurs more frequently in men than women. In the majority of cases, is the result of smoking.

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Mesothelioma is a less common type of cancer that usually starts in the pleura, which is the lining that covers the lungs.

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Secondary lung cancer

Secondary lung cancer is when cancer cells have spread to the lungs from a cancer that started somewhere else in the body.

Symptoms of non-small cell lung cancer may include:

  • a persistent cough
  • coughing up mucus or blood
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of appetite
  • chest pain
  • unexplained weight loss
  • Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer. However, it is important that you visit your GP if you have any of these symptoms so that a referral and diagnosis can be made. Early detection is crucial in order to increase the chance of treatment being successful.

We offer a number of investigations and tests to confirm a diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer, including:

  • a physical examination
  • blood tests
  • scans, such as X-rays, MRI, CT and PET-CT
  • biopsy
  • If these tests suggest you may have lung cancer, your consultant will recommend a biopsy. This is when a sample of tissue is taken for examination under a microscope.

Your consultant will talk you through your treatment options to help you make an informed decision about your care. Treatment may include:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • radiotherapy
  • immunotherapy
  • We treat every patient on an individual basis. Your treatment will depend on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is, as well as your age and general health. At HCA UK you will be looked after by a multidisciplinary team, including expert consultants, clinical nurse specialists and supportive therapists including psychologists who can help you with your emotional wellbeing. This team will work together to create a treatment plan tailored to your medical needs.

Lung cancer tests & scans

Lung biopsy

If you experience lung problems, our expert radiologists can carry out a lung biopsy to help diagnose your condition

Private Full Lung Function Test

From complex thoracic surgery to diagnostic tests and minor procedures, we provide exceptional respiratory and lung care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Lung volume tests

From complex thoracic surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional respiratory care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our Lung cancer locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
University College Hospital Private Care

University College Hospital Private Care

Grafton Way Building, 1 Grafton Way WC1E 6AG London
Private Care at Guy's

Private Care at Guy's

London Bridge Hospital Private Care at Guy's SE1 9RT London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London
The Christie Private Care

The Christie Private Care

Wilmslow Road M20 4BX Manchester

Patient stories

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.