Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Do GPs know nothing of newer lung cancer therapies?

From Professor K Moghissi, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and clinical director,

Yorkshire Laser Centre

My son is a GP and showed me your recent article on lung cancer (Clinical, 21 December).

The issue of newer

therapies such as photo-dynamic therapy was not even raised.

This was surprising enough but confirms my observations, supported by patient complaints, that GPs know nothing of this area.

It was more surprising that in discussion of the issue of palliation there was again

no mention of either

NdYAG for advanced local disease or of photodynamic therapy.

Bronchoscopic YAG laser has been used over the past 20 years in the UK.

A recent study published by this centre demonstrates more than 2,000 treatments with mortality of less than 0.1 per cent. Treatment is nowadays carried out as a day case.

Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say