Lung and Mesothelioma EAG

Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer. Around 44,500 people are diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK (NHS website). There are two main types of primary lung cancer. These are classified by the type of cells in which the cancer starts:

  1. Non-small-cell lung cancer is the most common type, accounting for more than 80% of cases and it can be either squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma or large-cell carcinoma.
  2. Small-cell lung cancer is a less common type that usually spreads faster than non-small-cell lung cancer.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. It’s usually linked to asbestos exposure. It mainly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) although it can also affect the lining of the stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart or testicles (NHS website).

The overall aims of the Lung and Mesothelioma EAG are to provide specialist advice and guidance to the West Midlands Cancer Alliance Board on the standards of service for patients with urological cancer reflecting current best practice and opportunities for development.

The Lung and Mesothelioma EAG will aim to ensure that patients with lung and mesothelioma cancers receive high quality equitable cancer care throughout the West Midlands regardless of geography or socio-economic factors and will, wherever possible, endeavour to improve the standard of care provided.

The Lung EAG have developed Clinical Guidelines to support best practice:

If you would like copies of the agendas or minutes from the meetings or any other information regarding the Urology EAG please contact: england.wmcanceralliance@nhs.net.