If you are having cancer tests or have been diagnosed with cancer, we know you will be feeling anxious.

Every patient has different fears and concerns during this difficult time.

We will ensure that you and your family receive all information and support you need throughout your time with us. We provide fast, professional, first-class services tailored to your needs.

If you would like to be referred for treatment as an NHS patient then please read our page on how to be referred

Cancer support

There are many places to find support, advice and information about your cancer diagnosis. We have a team of Macmillan nurses at the Trust and there are also a number of dedicated cancer charities you can contact.

Read some of our patient stories

Before your cancer diagnosis

Support as you prepare for diagnosis

From the time you first see your GP with concerns about your health, to the time of your diagnosis, you are likely to have many questions about your possible condition and its likely treatment. 

Many patients will see more than one doctor, often at more than one hospital, for further tests and investigations. 

This can be an anxious time, but both the Trust's staff and other organisations can provide you with support and advice.

Support at our trust

At our hospitals, you will be able to discuss your condition, the results of any tests and investigations, your diagnosis and treatment options. Advice and information can be given both by your consultant and the clinical nurse specialist (one of our highly-trained nurses who specialises in cancer treatment and care).  

We will provide you with written information about your tests, your condition and the help we can give. We will also arrange further one-to-one discussions with the members of our specialist team should you need them.

While you are waiting for your appointment or investigations it is a good idea to write down any questions you think of for your doctor or nurse. This means they will not slip your mind on the day of your appointment. If you think it would be helpful to be accompanied by a member of your family then please do ask them to come along.

Cancer support charities

There are several organisations that offer help and advice during this difficult period.  

You can ask your GP, or follow the links below:

These organisations can offer information and often put you in touch with someone who can discuss your concerns.  Their websites offer useful information about cancer and the support available for patients and their families. 

Your GP or hospital doctor may also be able to give you details of local support services including drop-in centres and support groups.

If you are diagnosed with cancer

Support throughout diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you and your family and friends will have to deal with an emotionally challenging period.

Your consultant will discuss your diagnosis with you and will ask if you have any questions. The diagnosis is a lot to deal with and as a result, many patients do not ask all the questions they have at this stage.

For this reason, our clinical nurse specialists are available after your consultation with your consultant and can answer your questions and discuss your diagnosis and possible treatments. The nurse specialists will give you their contact details so you are able to talk to them even after you return home. Our nurse specialists are there to give you help and support.

Our team will try to answer all your questions about your diagnosis and will liaise with the doctor who referred you to us to inform about the results of your investigations, diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

After your cancer treatment

How we handle follow-up care

Once your treatment is completed we will ask you back to regular clinics for follow-up care. The exact timing of your appointments will vary according to which treatment you have and how you respond to it.

Your consultant and clinical nurse specialist will remain available to talk if you have any concerns about your condition.  At this point, we might also hand your treatment over to a hospital nearer your home or arrange community support for you.  In this case, your consultant or nurse specialist will arrange the transfer so that your treatment continues smoothly.

If you receive treatment from us then we will give you further information on recovery and management of your condition. 

In some cases, we involve our palliative care team in a patient's care. They will be able to help you manage your symptoms and make sure you are supported at home.

How you can be referred for cancer treatment

You can be referred to us as an NHS or a private patient

NHS patients 

To be referred as an NHS patient you can:

  1. Ask your GP to refer you to one of our respiratory consultants either at Royal Brompton or at Harefield Hospital.  For urgent referral of suspected lung cancer, your GP needs to use the referral proforma found on the Information for Healthcare professionals page.

  2. Ask your respiratory physician to refer you to one of our surgeons if he or she offers you a surgery as a treatment or for symptom control or diagnosis purposes.

  3. You could also ask your consultant to refer you to one of our respiratory physicians or surgeons for a second opinion.

Private patients

We also have excellent private patient facilities and contracts with all best UK health insurers and a number of foreign governments. Read more about private patient facilities and services.

Cardio-oncology assessment

This service will support your oncologist to treat your cancer by assessing your heart function. If we find a problem on the day, your cardiologist will advise on treatment.

Cancer treatments

When your consultant gives you your diagnosis he or she will also discuss the treatment options available to you. Treatments will vary from patient to patient depending on the individual ...


Cryotherapy is a very similar procedure to a bronchoscopy, where a camera in a fine flexible tube is passed through the nose or mouth down into both lungs. 

Lung surgery

Some patients need lung surgery because they have emphysema, lung cancer, or other cancers that have spread to the lungs.

Lung tumour ablation

Ablation is a lung cancer treatment that does not involve surgery, but uses either heat or extreme cold to destroy cancer cells. 

Learn more about the lung cancer multidisciplinary team at Harefield Hospital:

Your lung cancer MDT - April 2014 (PDF, 441KB)

Contact the Macmillan lung cancer nursing team

Royal Brompton Hospital

Tel: 020 7352 8121 ext. 4134 / 4133
Bleep: 7068 / 7079

Harefield Hospital

Tel: 01895 828 989 / 737
Bleep: 6181 / 6310