Surgical oncology


Our surgical oncology team provide specialist respiratory and thoracic surgical services for the diagnosis and management of lung cancer – in both the primary and metastatic setting.

We provide diagnostic services, curative surgery and palliative treatments for thoracic cancers. This includes primary lung cancer, chest wall sarcomas and where a variety of secondary disease sites within the chest are present.


Patients are referred to us by local general practitioners, district general hospitals, secondary specialist centres, and other tertiary centres from all over the UK and the world. We provide the diagnosis, staging and surgical treatment of cancer, interventions aimed at symptoms control and long-term follow up when required.

Royal Brompton Hospital

Please fax your completed referral form to 020 7351 8085.

Harefield Hospital

Please fax your completed referral form to 01895 828 948.

If you need more information about referring a patient, please see our GP referral guidelines and information for hospital doctors.

Multidisciplinary teams

All referrals are reviewed and managed by our specialist multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) in close contact with the referring clinicians and hospitals, to ensure that all patient needs are jointly addressed.

Our MDT includes:

  • thoracic surgeons
  • respiratory physicians
  • oncologists
  • histopathologists
  • radiologists
  • specialist nurses  
  • palliative care specialists.

Partner organisations

By working in close partnership with other specialist providers we are able to arrange a seamless and speedy transfer of patients to chemotherapy or radiotherapy when required. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are typically provided by our colleagues at Royal Marsden Hospital (for Royal Brompton Hospital patients) and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (for Harefield Hospital patients) or, where possible and if preferred by a patient, at a trust near to the patient's home.

Supporting patients

Treatment and all investigations are planned in consultation with patients and their family to help them to choose the best treatment option, to provide information and other support that an individual patient and their family members might require.

We provide services to both NHS and private patients.

We regularly ask our patients and referring trusts for their feedback on our services and constantly working to enhance and develop it further.

Read our patient stories 

Read the 2013 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey reports

Read or download the LCA Lung Cancer Clinical Guidelines on the London Cancer Alliance website.

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