New access route to lung cancer diagnosis

Status Active
Programme Innovation Time Awards
Partners Hywel Dda University Health Board

Project Lead(s)

Savita Shanbhag

Savita Shanbhag

GP Cancer Lead, Hywel Dda University Health Board


I believe this service will allow patients to be diagnosed earlier, leading to improved survival outcomes

Lung cancer is one of the four most common cancers in Wales with around 2400 people diagnosed every year. It is the third most common cancer in men and the second most common in women.

Many lung cancers in Wales are diagnosed at an advanced stage when they are more difficult to treat. Earlier diagnosis and rapid access to potentially curative treatments such as surgery and radiotherapy are crucial to improve survival.

This project will develop and introduce a nurse-led triage service for lung cancer integrated into current lung cancer pathways. Patients will be able to self refer to the service and the triage nurse will support patients through their journey.

15/08/22 - Project Update

The Lung Cancer Symptom Assessment Line (LUMEN) is now operational. The phoneline service offers the public, in Carmarthenshire, a new access point for lung cancer diagnosis, allowing anyone who meets the criteria to speak to a nurse directly to discuss their symptoms and be booked in to have a chest X-Ray.

This pilot service is available to anyone registered with a GP in Carmarthenshire aged 40 or over, smokers and ex-smokers with 1 or more of the following symptoms and non-smokers with 2 or more of the following symptoms:

  • Cough (more than 3 weeks)
  • Losing weight without trying
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarse voice
  • Repeated chest infections
  • Chest pain
  • More tired than usual
  • Loss of appetite
  • A lung condition with changing symptoms

If you, a family member, or friend are over the age of 40 and have any of the above symptoms, please call 0300 30366142 - Monday to Friday 9am -2pm.

20/12/22 - Project update

The LUMEN services has now been extended to all counties across Hywel Dda University Health Board.

LUMEN Health Minister visit
Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health & Social Services, & Nia Griffiths MP, visited Prince Phillip hospital on 28 October 2022 to learn more about the LUMEN project

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