Lung Cancer Screening at the Montefiore Hospital, BRighton
There have now been a number of studies which demonstrate the benefit to survival from screening for lung cancer in those at increased risk. Currently this is not yet offered within the NHS but Dr. Sarah Doffman with her colleagues at the Montefiore Hospital is able to offer screening where risks are identified. Lung cancers detected through screening (before symptoms arise) tend to be diagnosed at an earlier stage and therefore more likely to be treated effectively. For further information please click here.
Links to recent publications in screening for lung cancer:
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a tool used in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer as well as investigating the causes of swollen lymph glands inside the chest by taking samples using a small needle whilst directly visualising the glands by the use of a small ultrasound transducer within the specialised bronchoscope. This allows for a less invasive method of diagnosis than surgery whilst retaining a high degree of success.
Dr. Sarah Doffman led the establishment of the EBUS service across Sussex at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in 2014 and has carried out several hundred procedures to date.
Investigating a cough
Anyone who has been coughing for more than 3 weeks is recommended to seek medical attention and be further investigated. This may include, along with undertaking a detailed history and examination, carrying out some radiological investigations and/or assessments of lung function. Most coughs are not due to serious causes and can be managed, improving symptoms and wellbeing.
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