This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

This quality standard covers the diagnosis and management of lung cancer in adults (18 years and over), and the supportive care provided to people with lung cancer.


November 2015: This quality standard has been updated to ensure alignment with the NICE guidelines on suspected cancer: recognition and referral (NG12). The guidance on suspected cancer was updated in June 2015 to review the evidence on recognition and referral of suspected cancer which includes a section on lung cancer. In particular, quality statement 2 on referral for a chest X-ray has been updated in line with new recommendations 1.1.1 to 1.1.3 in the suspected cancer guidance.