Lung Cancer Awareness Day 2017 – What one hospital is doing to spread the word. Please like and share to show your support

Lung Cancer Awareness Day
Lung Cancer Awareness Day

Tomorrow is Lung Cancer Awareness Day 2017 so Leicester’s Hospitals’ Lung cancer nurses have organised an East Midlands Lung Cancer Awareness day at Loughborough University on 17 November from 9am-4pm in the Students Union.

The day is part of lung cancer awareness month and this year it is being held at the University to show students the importance of looking after your lungs. Students, members of the Public and also the local healthcare system are all invited to learn about early signs and symptom recognition of lung cancer. The team have a pair of giant inflatable lungs to grab people’s attention and to be used as a learning tool.

Other attendees at the event include Macmillan, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, and the Leicester Smoking cessation team. This is the main event in the East Midlands, whilst events are also taking place across other regions of the country.

Sue Manship, Smoking Cessation Specialist at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, although people who have never smoked can also develop the condition. Smoking is responsible for more than 85% of all cases. If you smoke, the best way to prevent lung cancer and other serious conditions is to stop smoking as soon as possible. Speak to the team at the event for more information about available support.”

Sharon Savory, Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist at Leicester’s Hospitals, explained why she set up the event: “November is lung cancer awareness month and in the East Midlands we like to raise awareness of the disease and promote early symptom recognition and better outcomes with early detection.

“We have over the last few years held the event in the city centre but after two years of getting soaking wet and having soggy leaflets we decided to go for an indoor venue!!! We want to show the students at the University how to love their lungs, look after them and recognise any changes in their health relating to the lungs. As a team we look forward to awareness month as it is our chance to show case lung cancer and how well people can respond if referred early.”

Lorraine Dallas, Director of Information and Support Services at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, added: “Lung health is vital. Too few people properly understand that if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. It can affect anyone, regardless of lifestyle, fitness and background. It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for, because early detection is the key to getting effective treatment”.

How one hospital is supporting Macmillan Lung Cancer Awareness Month

From tomorrow Thursday 5th November the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Team from Leicester’s Hospitals along with members from the Mesothelioma UK Resource Centre based in Leicester are teaming up with the Macmillan Mobile Bus Service to urge the public to be ‘Signs and Symptoms Aware’.

Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support
The public will be encouraged to play their part in helping to detect early diagnosis to fight the UK’s most lethal forms of lung cancer. The Macmillan Mobile Bus Service will be stopping off in different locations in Leicestershire from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th November.

The Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist Team along with the Smoking Cessation Specialists will be attending the event on Thursday between 8am and 6pm at the Haymarket Shopping Centre on Humberstone Gate West. No appointment is necessary, and everyone is welcome.

The team will be there to offer free, confidential advice and support to anyone with a concern or a question relating to any aspect of lung cancer and its treatment.

Sharon Savory, Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist from Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Each year our team get involved to promote the awareness of all types of lung cancer and this year has coincided with the Macmillan Cancer Support’s Mobile Bus Road Show and so we will be going along to provide support and to help hand out literature and advice to anyone who wants to talk to us. The message we want to convey is that it is important to detect symptoms early and to visit your GP immediately in order to get the best possible treatment.”

If you have questions about cancer or want to find out more about the signs and symptoms of lung cancer or want advice on how to quit smoking then please visit: or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00.

Former Welsh rugby star Jonathan Davies backs new campaign to improve lung cancer survival rates in Wales

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in Wales

Survival from lung cancer in Wales is amongst the lowest in Europe, with Wales

Welsh rugby legend Jonathon Davies is filmed as part of the campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer in Wales.
Welsh rugby legend Jonathon Davies is filmed as part of the campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer in Wales.

ranking 28th out of 29 countries in a recent European survey of cancer survival. Survival from lung cancer improves the earlier it is diagnosed. Indeed the majority of people in Wales are diagnosed when their lung cancer is advanced which is associated with poor survival outcomes Campaign backed by Jonathan Davies who is the president of Cardiff Velindre Cancer Centre.  In this blog we present a new video when Jonathan Davies tells us about a new campaign to raise awareness and to call on the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to improve current survival rates.

#worldlungcancerday World Lung Cancer Day 2015 – show your support by downloading and sharing this Facebook cover.

World Lung Cancer Day
World Lung Cancer Day

As you may know today is World Lung cancer Day.

To mark the day we would ask you to download this Facebook cover and add it to your profile even for just a few minutes.

Thanks very much in advance.

A new cancer treatment could be coming your way! Great new for people with lung cancer!

New treatment for cancer
New treatment for cancer
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be one of the first centres to treat a whole new group of cancer patients with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR), as part of NHS England’s latest national evaluation programme, it was announced this week.

NHS England has invested £15m over three years to assess the use of SABR through its Commissioning through Evaluation initiative, which will allow up to 750 new patients a year to access the treatment at 17 centres across the country.

SABR is a modern, more precise delivery technique of radiotherapy which delivers high doses of radiation while causing less damage to surrounding healthy tissue than conventional radiotherapy.

Evidence shows that SABR can be effective when used to treat non-small cell lung cancer and the NHS already funds this. However, there is less clinical evidence to show that SABR is effective for other cancers.

A patient’s clinician will identify whether they are a potential candidate for the programme and they will be referred on to a participating centre where appropriate.

Thiagarajan Sridhar , consultant oncologist at Leicester’s Hospitals, explains: “SABR is especially important for patients with advanced cancer which has spread to other parts of the body and is a radical treatment opposed to conventional options like chemotherapy.

“The treatment usually involves giving a very high dose of radiotherapy usually lasting only a few days. Furthermore with our clinical and technical expertise SABR is very well tolerated with very little side effects. Being able to offer this at our hospitals is another big step towards improving survival of all our cancer patients.”

Leicester’s Hospitals will be ready to treat patients with some conditions using SABR within the next few months. Lorraine Williams, head of radiotherapy at Leicester Royal Infirmary, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer this exciting new advanced form of radiotherapy to our patients. We anticipate approximately 25 patients a year will require this specialised treatment and hope to start as soon as possible. I would like to thank everyone in the radiotherapy team who have worked very hard towards this successful bid.”