About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 121.

This is an update of advice on lung cancer that NICE produced in 2005. The advice has been updated on:

  • information and support

  • diagnosis and staging

  • giving up smoking

  • surgery

  • chemotherapy with surgery

  • chemotherapy with radiotherapy

  • treatments for small-cell lung cancer

  • treatments for breathlessness and cancer that has spread to the brain and

  • follow-up appointments.

The advice on deciding whether you need tests for lung cancer has been removed. This is because it has been replaced by new advice on suspected cancer. See recognising, investigating and referring people with symptoms of suspected cancer for details.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult (18 years and older) with lung cancer who is being treated in secondary or tertiary care.

No, if you are:

  • an adult with a type of cancer called mesothelioma

  • an adult with cancer that started in a different part of the body and then spread to the lungs

  • a child (younger than 18) with lung cancer.

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