Improving care and quality of life for patients with lung cancer
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Improving care and quality of life for patients with lung cancer

Alison Bennett Macmillan lung cancer nurse specialist, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, South Yorkshire
John White Lead Macmillan lung cancer nurse, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In recent years, there have been important developments in the techniques used to diagnose lung cancer and in the treatment options available, allowing more people to be given anti-cancer treatment with the aim of increasing survival rates. This article provides an overview of lung cancer, including epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. It aims to provide healthcare professionals with information to improve care delivery and patients’ quality of life.

Nursing Standard. 28, 9,50-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.10.28.9.50.e8052

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 01 July 2013

Accepted: 12 August 2013