Recognition and referral of suspected lung cancer in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Urgent referrals for suspected lung cancer have seen a sustained reduction COVID-19 pandemic with urgent referrals 35%* lower in England and Wales from March‒November compared to the same period in 2019, which translates to; around 17,800 fewer people* on an urgent referral for suspected lung cancer in England and Wales

*While these data are just for England and Wales we anticipate the picture is similar in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Lung cancer can be challenging to diagnose even under normal circumstances, therefore it is more important than ever to be alert to the risk of suspected lung cancer in your patients, with the added possibility of symptoms now being disguised by potential COVID-19 symptoms.

This guide provides health professionals with the key actions necessary and national guidance.


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Contributed by: Amy Ashford
Authored by: Cancer Research UK
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Last updated: 18 February 2021
First contributed: 10 February 2021
Audience access level: Full user


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