Emma Shaughnessy-Philp is experienced in talking to teenagers about the risks of smoking and regularly visits schools to support students who may want to stop or need other health advice. She explains: “By collaborating with a Lung Cancer Nurse, we were able to make children aware of the early symptoms of lung cancer alongside the stop smoking advice. Lots of the children raised concerns about older family members who smoke, so we were able to remind them of early signs and symptoms.”
Symptoms of lung cancer may include:
- Persistent cough (3 weeks or more)
- Hoarse Voice
- Coughing up blood
- Chest or shoulder pain that does not resolve
- Weight loss and fatigue
“The Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation more complex for patients who have concerns,” adds Emma Cresswell. “Not only is there a crossover in some of the symptoms, but also an ongoing fear of some patients accessing their GP. As a team we cannot stress enough the need to seek GP advice if you have any of the above symptoms. Early detection is crucial in achieving good outcomes for patients so please do not delay.
“Around the site of RCHT we are still aware of a lot of staff and visitors smoking. If you would like any advice on stopping smoking then please feel free to speak to the Lung Cancer Team – Paul Kneller, Emma Cresswell and Natalie Zahan-Evans on extension 2015. We will happily signpost you to the help you need.”
The RCHT Lung Cancer Team would like to extend a big thank you to Emma Shaughnessy-Philp, and to the lovely students of Brannel School for inviting Emma Cresswell to join them for this collaboration.