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Tameside and Glossop Targeted Lung Health Check
Checking the signs of lung cancer
About the lung cancer team
Support group
Contact us
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Checking the signs of lung cancer

 
If you have a cough lasting three weeks or more and don’t have COVID-19, contact your GP practice.
 
General practices are still open, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact them will be different at the moment.   You can be reassured that if you need medical attention, GP practices are still there for you and they will determine how best to support you, based on your symptoms. 
 
NHS staff are working to ensure that, wherever possible, cancer treatment can continue safely. This includes re-establishing COVID-secure cancer hubs and consolidating cancer surgery, prioritising people for surgery centrally based on clinical need and drawing on the independent sector to increase capacity.
 
While a cough for three weeks or more is probably nothing serious, it could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives.
 
Cancer services remain an absolute priority for the NHS. Thanks to the efforts of NHS staff, cancer services have been maintained throughout the pandemic so treatment can continue safely. Any decision to reschedule cancer treatment will be a last resort.
Get tested for COVID-19 if you have a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.
 
If a friend or family member has been coughing for three weeks or more, and it isn’t COVID-19, encourage them to contact their GP practice.
 
Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Help Us, Help You. Visit nhs.uk/cancersymptoms for more information.


About the lung cancer team

The Lung Cancer Nurses (Macmillan) based at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (Tameside Hospital) provide support to patients and those close to them through the process of investigations, diagnosis, treatment and follow up.  The team recognise that early interaction with a Specialist Nurse can reduce long term effects and they are often a part of the process prior to a diagnosis being made.
 
The objective of the team is to provide information, emotional, practical and physical, as well as, spiritual support throughout a person’s investigations and illness.
 
Although treatment is not given at Tameside Hospital, the nurses are available to contact if referred to another team, as they all liaise with each other closely.
 
There are three nurses within the team who use a shared case load so any member of the team can help as soon as possible if contacted.
 

Support group

**Please note, due to coronavirus, this support group has been cancelled for the foreseeable. Should you need support or signposting, please contact the nursing team or the Macmillan Information Centre on: 0161 922 6549 or email: lungcancernurses@tgh.nhs.uk**
 
There is also an informal support group available to those affected by lung cancer and those close to them. This group offers the opportunity to meet other people who may have been through similar experiences.
 
This tends to be patient led with the support of the nurses, however often try to seek outside speakers and activities which may help any issues raised by the group in previous meetings. The team can look into this should there be anything of a particular concern.
 
The group meets every first Tuesday of the month 2.30pm- 4.00pm at The Tameside Macmillan Unit.  People do not need to confirm attendance but may wish to speak to a member of the team about the group and should anything be happening on a particular meeting.
 

Contact us

For more information telephone: 0161 922 6549 or email: lungcancernurses@tgh.nhs.uk.
 
The team’s working hours are Monday to Friday 0830 – 1630.  They do not work bank holidays or weekends, please leave a voicemail during this time and they will return your call.
 

Useful links

Posters


Community Radio Clips



Hindi - NHS Lung Cancer - Shabnam


Somali - NHS Lung Cancer - Abdul


NHS Lung Cancer - Radio