A person with a suspected lung cancer should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a relevant multidisciplinary team.
All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.
What is lung cancer?
Lung cancer is cancer that can starts in any part the cells of the lungs. The most common types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC).
What tests are needed?
Common tests used to diagnose lung cancer include:
- physical examination
- blood tests
- imaging - chest x-ray, CT scan, MRI scan and PET scan
- endobronchial ultrasound
What treatment options are there?
Treatment for lung cancer may include one or more of the following:
- targeted therapy
If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have a part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.
How common is lung cancer in NSW?
Lung cancer was diagnosed in:
Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2013 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)