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More specialist nurses needed

The government will be urged to provide every lung cancer patient in Britain with a specialist nurse.

At a meeting in Westminster, the UK Lung Cancer Coalition will call for the Department of Health to put more specialist nurses at the heart of its policy.

Maria Guerin of the National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses said one in 10 lung cancer patients does not have access to a specialist nurse.

"Despite lung cancer being the UK's biggest cancer killer, there aren't enough nurses compared to the number of patients diagnosed," she said.

According to the UK Lung Cancer Coalition, on average, there is one lung cancer nurse in England for every 132 people diagnosed with the illness, compared to 82 people for every breast cancer nurse.

Coalition Chairwoman, Dame Gill Oliver, said: "Without access to lung cancer nurses, patients will suffer as they will not have access to the indepth nursing knowledge, care and support."

Lung cancer kills more than 34,000 people every year, and more than 38,000 people are newly diagnosed with lung cancer every year, according to Cancer Research.

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