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Lung Cancer Nurses

Lung Cancer Nurses
also known as Cancer Nurse Coordinators (CNC)

Lung Cancer Nurses and Cancer Nurse Coordinators provide nursing care, information, coordination, support and assistance throughout your lung cancer journey.

Impact of diagnosis

A diagnosis of cancer can be very difficult both for patients and their carers. This is particularly the case for lung cancer patients as not only do they have a complex pathway of investigations, diagnosis and treatment options, but they are often confronted with poor statistics. The disease itself can also have a devastating impact on the physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions of the patient
and their families.

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The role of lung cancer nurses

Role of the Lung Cancer Nurse Coordinator

In recent years, the role of the Lung Cancer Nurse has developed  into a specialist position within the multidisplenary team. Lung cancer nurses can help you at any stage of your cancer journey.  Your lung cancer nurse will discuss with you any symptoms you may be experiencing, and how you and your family are coping with your diagnosis. Your nurse can:

  • Provide emotional and social support to you and your family
  • Provide information on your diagnosis and treatments. That may be in the form of reputable websites to visit, printed leaflets, booklets ir videos.
  • Provide continuity in care, with less traditional boundaries and prompt referral to other members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Assist with improved communication between the healthcare teams and yourself
  • Answer questions you may have regarding any part of your care and treatment pathway
  • Assist you through the healthcare system and help you to find the most appropriate services to help you and your family

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Multi Disciplinary Teams – Lung Cancer

During the course of your cancer journey you will meet many different specialists, and this can be very confusing. Some of the common specialists are: respiratory doctors (they specialize in the care of lungs), medical oncologists (prescribe chemotherapy and may offer the patients the opportunity of participating in clinical trials), radiation oncologists (deliver radiation treatment), cardiothoracic surgeons (specializes in operating on lungs), palliative care doctors and allied health professionals. You also  may referred to some of the allied health care team such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers.

Allied health specialists include:-

  • Physiotherapists who can help with posture, exercise and breathing techniques,

  • Occupational Therapists can assist in keeping the patients functioning well at home by providing the correct equipment and energy saving techniques to do so.
  • Social Workers can provides both counseling and supportive care and help navigate the social services.
  • Dieticians who offers expert advice regarding nutrition.
  • Pharmacists

Sometimes it may be necessary for you to stay in hospital, but a lot of the treatments can be given to patients in the outpatients setting. This means you may need to come into the hospital to have your treatment or see a doctor but will not have to stay overnight. The Lung Cancer Nurse coordinator works closely with all these members of the healthcare team including your GP, and can explain what these specialists do and act as a link between them. Where possible, the coordinator will try to assist you receiving your treatment as close to home as is safely possible, and try to minimize the number of journeys into the hospital.

The Lung Cancer Nurse Coordinator is:

  1. Central to ensuring that lung cancer patients and their carers understand the complexities of their care;
  2. Pivotal to the flow of timely, appropriate information within the lung cancer Multi-disciplinary Team and between primary, secondary and tertiary care.
  3. Readily accessible to the patients and carers and all members of the health care team.