A lung screening programme is preparing to launch follow-up scans for patients with possible early signs of cancer.
The Leeds Lung Health Check, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, has paused scans for new patients while healthcare professionals focus on providing frontline care for Covid-19 patients during the pandemic.
But from Monday, 11 May, the team will carry out further tests for people who have already been screened and whose initial scans showed spots on the lungs called ‘lung nodules’.
Lung nodules are small growths that can either be harmless or cancerous. Doctors tend to monitor small lung nodules over time with repeat CT scans to identify any changes that might suggest they are cancerous.
Patients found to have early stage cancer through the Leeds Lung Health Check programme will receive surgery and curative radiotherapy as normal.
Dr Mat Callister, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, is leading the study.
He said: “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the provision of care for people with lung cancer, so we are delighted to be able to provide follow-up scans for patients who might have early signs of lung cancer.
“Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the provision of care for people with lung cancer, so we are delighted to be able to provide follow-up scans for patients who might have early signs of lung cancer."
“We will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of both staff and patients, including supplying personal protective equipment, checking for symptoms, implementing social distancing measures, hand washing on arrival and thorough cleaning of the facilities.”
In February, the Leeds Lung Health Check had screened more than 4,000 people for signs of lung cancer, and more than 80 cancers had been diagnosed with the majority found at an early stage.
The multi-million pound programme, delivered in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, aims to test screening in community settings and provide information to improve the effectiveness and benefit of future lung screening programmes.
Dr Callister added: “The Leeds Lung Health Check is saving lives through early diagnosis and we look forward to fully reintroducing the programme as soon as it is safe to do so.”
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