Dr Jo Bowden: Taking the worry out of lung cancer
Lung cancer is the most common cancer in Scotland. It is also a disease with a particularly poor prognosis, with fewer than 10 per cent of patients in Scotland surviving longer than five years from diagnosis.
While there are anti-cancer treatment options, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery, these are not appropriate for everyone due to other serious illnesses, frailty or the extent of the cancer. The agreed plan for these patients is Best Supportive Care (BSC), a palliative care approach where the priority is maintaining the best possible quality of life in the face of advancing illness.