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Leading lung cancer specialist Professor Peter Goldstraw visits Blackrock Clinic

18th Jun 2016

We’re constantly developing our services at Blackrock Clinic to keep up with medical and surgical developments.  Lung cancer treatment is one of our offerings which is evolving at quite a pace, with new approaches being introduced by various consultants.

As our facilities become more sophisticated, our ability to tackle complex cases has grown.   Blackrock Clinic uses a Multi Disciplinary approach to lung cancer which means that patients can depend on a multidisciplinary team of consultants – including Radiologists, Histopathologists, Microbiologists, Medical Oncologists, Intensive Care Anaesthetists and Thoracic surgeons – to assess them and determine the best care path.

ICU-5191blogAnother benefit at Blackrock Clinic is that all lung cancer work, and particularly complex cases, has the benefit of the state of the art ICU and other key dedicated support staff such as physiotherapists and nurse managers.

All of this means that extremely complex procedures are performed by the Blackrock Clinic team, where previously they may have been the preserve of larger, specialist or teaching hospitals.  The MDT approach at Blackrock Clinic also means better patient outcomes.

Better patient outcomes was the subject of discussion at today’s conference on ‘Achieving the Best Lung Cancer Outcomes in the Modern Era’.

group of 1_NCP1_011We were honoured to have Professor Peter Goldstraw as our keynote speaker at the symposium.

Professor Goldstraw is a preeminent authority on improving lung cancer outcomes and this was reflected in the seniority and calibre of attendees who came to hear him speak.

Professor Goldstraw spoke about the next version of TNM staging for Lung Cancer.  TNM is the international classification for tumours and their size.  It was a fantastic honour to have him at the hospital.

The Professor’s keynote was supported by a number of other fascinating international speakers including Dr Stuart McKechnie, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Oxford University Hospital; Dr Jason Lester, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff, and Mr Kelvin Lau, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Lead in Thoracic Surgery at St Bartholomews’s Hospital, London.

Everyone discussed their various perspectives and experiences on how to achieve the best possible outcomes in lung cancer, both today and in the future.

Our own team at Blackrock Clinic also spoke. Thoracic surgeons, Ms Karen Redmond and Ms Donna Eaton chaired a multidisciplinary discussion of difficult case scenarios and Dr Seamus Linnane, Consultant Respiratory Physician, chaired the symposium.