Lung Cancer Referral Steps

There are guidelines on when your doctor should refer you, what tests you should receive and how quickly you should be offered treatment.

If you have concerns, talk to your doctor or call our Ask the Nurse service on freephone 0800 358 7200.

Step one: Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. You can explain your symptoms thoroughly by using our free symptoms tracker.
Step two: Your doctor will examine you.
Step three: Your doctor may arrange for you to have a chest x-ray and will then talk your through your results.
Step four: If you need more tests, your doctor should make an appointment for you to see a lung specialist. If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you will be referred on to a lung cancer team for treatment and care.
Step five: If your doctor does not send you for an x-ray, or your x-ray is clear, but your symptoms continue or get worse, ask to see your doctor again.

You should never feel like you can't go to your doctor if you are concerned about your health. We know, from speaking to people with lung cancer, that anyone can get this disease. Young and old, men and women, smoker and non-smoker - if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.

Explain to your doctor how anxious you are and don't be afraid to ask for a second opinion if you feel your concerns are not being addressed.

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