Lung Cancer

This service provides investigations and diagnosis for lung cancer. We offer a range of cancer treatments including surgery, oncology (chemotherapy/radiotherapy) and palliative treatments for people with lung cancer and mesothelioma. The team also provides a surgical service for patients who attend Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.

University Hospitals employs a multidisciplinary team who will treat and care for you throughout your journey. The team consists of cardiothoracic surgeons, respiratory physicians, oncologists, radiographers, palliative care nurses, patient pathway coordinators and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS).

The input of a highly specialised group of thoracic experts helps give a rounded, complete view of each patient's treatment. We understand the complex emotions and pressures that come with a cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatment. We therefore take every measure to ensure you are made as comfortable as possible during your treatment.

You will be seen by a consultant and their associates who will discuss investigations and findings along with possible treatment options. They will be accompanied by a Clinical Nurse Specialist, who is there to support you.

Clinical team

Respiratory Physicians
Dr I Hussain
Dr M Haris
Dr Bikmalla
Dr Khan
Dr Maddekar
Dr Khalil

Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Mr S Ghosh
Mr C Satur
Mr Q Abid

Oncologist
Dr S Giridharan
Dr A Jegannathen
Dr Vengalil

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
The lung cancer nurse specialist provides support to each patient as they progress through their pathway. The CNS will take the patient through each step and are dedicated to providing each patient with an individual-focused service. They also work closely with the team of doctors on the wards and in the outpatient clinics at both Royal Stoke and County Hospital.

Your nurse specialist will provide written information on specific lung conditions, explain treatments and is there to answer any questions you may have. They work in partnership with clinic and ward staff to ensure that referrals to other services, such as local community cancer and palliative care teams, are made. They will provide you with:

  • Up-to-date clinical information, through discussion or distribution of patient information leaflets and booklets
  • Practical advice and answers to questions
  • Emotional support
  • Referral to other services (if appropriate) such as to community groups


Patients can also discuss a variety of issues, including:

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • Benefits/financial entitlement
  • Support services including social services, home and hospice care
  • Emotional and psychological support and counseling
  • Symptom and fatigue management
  • Employment, driving and holiday travel
  •  Medications
  • Local and national support groups

The team work Monday - Friday, 8.30 – 4.30pm.  There is an answering service. If you need them, please leave your name, hospital number or date of birth and telephone number and they will get back to you.


UHNM staff

Lead Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist - Alison Bain

Associate Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists

Marie Dillon
Patrick Grove
Sarah Booth
Nicky Walker
Pamela Birks
Royal Stoke Hospital Tel: - 01782 674065 or 01782 674067
County Hospital Tel: - 01785 230670 or 01785 230977

Support groups

Lung Cancer Health Wellbeing Support and Survivorship Group

The group meets at the London Road Bowling Club, London Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1LZ, on the last Wednesday of every month. The atmosphere is very friendly and informal and there is always plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits. The group provides an opportunity for patients, family members and friends to meet up with others in similar situations and share their experiences and feelings. There is also a range of activities available throughout the year and a nurse specialsit is on hand to give advice, information and support.

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre

Staff at the centre will listen to how cancer is affecting your life, provide a wide range of free booklets and other written information and put you in touch with other sources of support such as local counseling  services, benefit advisers and support groups.

The centre is open Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm. If you are making a special journey, please ring first.

The address is:

The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands
Ground Floor, Main Building, Newcastle Road
Stoke on Trent, ST4 6QG
Call us on 01782 676333
E-mail us at macmillancentre@uhns.nhs.uk


The Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre
University Hospitals of North Midlands
County Hospital
Ground Floor
Main Building
Weston Road
Stafford
ST16 3SA
01785 236075
e-mail us at macmillancentre@uhns.nhs.uk

Please note we are unrelated to the local Douglas Macmillan Hospice, despite the word Macmillan in both our names.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

4-6 Enterprise Way, Wavertree Tech Park, Liverpool, L13 1FB, Telephone: 0333 323 7200
Website: www.roycastle.org

United Kingdom Lung Cancer Coalition
Telephone: 0207 688 5555, website: http://www.uklcc.org.uk/

Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert  Enbankment , London SE1  7UQ
Telephone 02078407840

Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust, Unit 116,Green Acres ,The Sidings  Station Road, Birstall ,Leicester LE4 3BR, Telephone 08001692409.


West Midlands Asbestos Support Team
Name of Contact: Doug Jewell, Address: 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR, Telephone: 0121 678 8883. 

Asbestos Support WM offer help and advice to people, and their families, who are suffering from asbestos related diseases.