Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is piloting a holistic nursing assessment clinic for patients with lung cancer, looking at their psychological and social needs.
It will be the first dedicated clinic of its type in the Thames Valley area.
The clinic is led by lung cancer clinical nurse specialists, and offers patients the opportunity to talk about how their diagnosis and treatment has affected them in their day-to-day lives.
Patients can then be given information about additional help and support, for example, benefits support, dietary advice, or referral to a clinical psychologist.
Jeanette Tebbutt, Macmillan consultant lead cancer nurse at the trust, said: “If diagnosed, we know that coping with lung cancer goes far beyond dealing with just the physical impacts of the disease.
“It is equally important to address how cancer impacts on all aspects of a person’s life such as relationships, finances and how they are coping emotionally.”
She added: “This new service offers patients dedicated time with a specialist nurse to talk through their concerns and allows time to talk about the emotional and practical impacts of dealing with both diagnosis and treatment.”
Patients are offered an appointment at the clinic four to six weeks following diagnosis.
The pilot will be reviewed in April 2013, with a view to rolling out across other cancer services.