New lung cancer referral pathway

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia. Over two thirds of patients are diagnosed at a late stage because of delays in diagnosis which means curative treatment is not possible.

Earlier diagnosis and referral to specialist lung cancer teams make a significant difference to survival rates.

To help GPs and other referring doctors to recognise patients who require specialist review, the cancer services at St Vincent’s hospital in conjunction with the Cancer Institute NSW have developed a lung cancer referral pathway which enables rapid access to the appropriate specialist on our campus.