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Lung Cancer Nurses struggle to tackle UK’s biggest cancer killer

4th March 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists (LCNS) face an uphill battle in modern Britain as they strive to maintain excellent levels of care in an increasingly challenging climate, according to the survey report. The latest research carried out by Lung Cancer Nursing UK shows around half (47%) of Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists care for over 200 patients at any one time, with two thirds (66%) reporting a marked increase of 20% or more in patients over the last four years.

Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists (LCNS) surveyed state that they don’t have sufficient time (31%) or the required resources (36%) to provide optimal care to lung cancer patients. The vast majority (78%) of nurses also say they’re not confident that there are sufficient measures in place to ensure appropriate recruitment for the workforce by hospitals.

Aston spoke to Professor Alison Leary OBE, professor of healthcare modelling at London Southbank University and Lung Cancer Nursing UK Trustee and Jackie Fenemore, chair of Lung Cancer Nursing UK to discuss the research and the implications for lung cancer care in the UK.