Lung Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic

Lung cancer typically exhibits symptoms only after the disease has spread, making cure unlikely. However, if caught early, lung cancer can be successfully treated. At Royal Brompton Hospital we will assess your risk factors for developing lung cancer, and only if necessary, recommend a low-dose computed tomography (CT scan) to detect signs of early lung cancer.

About lung cancer & symptoms

Lung cancer develops when cells become abnormal and grow out of control. Over time they form a clump, also known as a tumour. Lung cancer develops in the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs (your airways). It can grow within the lung, and it can spread outside the lung. Some common symptoms of lung cancer are a persistent cough, a chest infection that does not get better, a dull ache in the chest, a sharp pain when breathing in deeply, a hoarse voice and shortness of breath.

Those with an increased risk of developing lung cancer may include people who:

  • have a regular and heavy smoking history, and
  • either have a strong family history of lung cancer and/or are over 50 years old (more than 8 in 10 lung cancer cases occur in people aged 60 and over)

The link between tobacco and cancer was established more than 50 years ago. Current research shows that smokers are 15 times more likely to die from lung cancer than people who have never smoked and smoking causes almost 90% of lung cancer deaths.

What happens at your assessment

Our Lung Cancer Risk Assessment service includes an appointment with a specialist who will assess and discuss with you your risk factors for developing lung cancer. If appropriate, you may be offered help with stopping smoking. In some circumstances a low dose computed tomography (CT scan), which is a type of scan that can detect early lung cancer, will be recommended.  With early detection lung cancer can be successfully treated.


Our lung cancer risk assessment service is led by some of the UK’s leading specialists in respiratory medicine.


The cost for a lung cancer risk assessment is £250 whilst CT scans, if recommended, start from £907 dependent on the scan required.  

Payment for an assessment is required in advance of your visit and can be made in a variety of different ways. Some patients pay their own account, others are sponsored by their embassy, while the cost of an outpatient visit for many patients may be covered by private medical cover. Royal Brompton Hospital’s Private Patients’ Centre has agreements with most UK medical insurance schemes, but you should always check with your insurer before starting any treatment. For patients paying their own account, we accept all major credits cards, a banker’s draft and cash.

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