Survival rates for lung cancer buck national trend at St George’s
One year survival rates for patients that have undergone lung cancer surgery at St George’s are higher than the majority of other centres in the country, according to data published this month.
The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland has recognised St George’s as a ‘positive outlier’ for patient survival one year following lung cancer surgery.
Of 199 patients undergoing lung cancer surgery at the Trust, over 93% were alive 12 months after their operation – this compares favourably to the national average of 87%.
Surgery for lung cancer is a major operation for any patient, so the fact St George’s patients are getting such good outcomes despite the associated risks is a credit to the clinical teams treating them.
Mr Ian Hunt, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon and Clinical Lead for the thoracic service at St George’s, said: “We work hard to provide a high quality service for our patients, so it is really positive that this has been reflected in our clinical outcomes.
“We use a range of traditional and innovative techniques within the thoracic team, which help to ensure patients get access to the latest treatments. It also creates a positive environment for training, and we see this as an important part of our role also.”
Peter Byrne, 68, from Croydon, had surgery last year for removal of a tumour on the lung. He was operated on by Ms Carol Tan, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at St George’s.
Peter’s procedure was complicated by a condition known as silicosis, which is a form of non-cancerous lung disease caused by inhalation of silica dust; in Peter’s case, as a result of a lifelong career as a ceramic tiler.
He said: “I can’t fault the care I’ve had from the NHS, including at St George’s. Ms Tan is a wonderful woman, and as soon as I met her, I knew I was in safe hands. The NHS has done a lot for me, and I am now doing my bit by going to the gym, looking after myself, and making the absolute most of the time I have.”
Ms Tan said: “Peter’s operation was challenging, but I am pleased he has had such a positive outcome. Peter and patients like him benefit from the expertise we have here at St George’s, and our commitment to providing the best possible care for people, including those with aggressive forms of lung cancer, where the treatment options can be limited.”