Lung

Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer in the UK – each year 47,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer.

If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. It is more common as you get older - around 45% people diagnosed with lung cancer in the UK are aged 75 and older.

Finding lung problems early can make a big difference.

If you are aged between 55-74 and smoke, or have ever smoked, you may be invited for a free NHS Lung Health Check.

Symptoms

  • Persistent cough
  • Change in a cough you have had for a long time
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent breathlessness or wheezing
  • Chest infection that won’t go
  • Unexplained tiredness or weight loss
  • Ache or pain in chest or shoulder
  • Ache or pain when breathing or coughing

You should see your GP if you have any of these symptoms.

Treatment

The type of treatment you receive will depend on the stage of your cancer. The main treatments include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemoradiotherpy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted cancer drugs

Your treatment plan may have a combination of these.

Support and more information available

Coventry Lung Cancer Support Group

Contact: Lindsey Fitzpatrick
Phone: 024 7696 5505

NHS

Lung cancer

Cancer Research UK

Lung cancer

Macmillan

Lung cancer

British Lung Foundation

Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Lungs for Living

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation