Published: Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Resection rates more than double at the Golden Jubilee




Lung specialists at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital have more than doubled resection rates for lung cancer across the west of Scotland, it has been announced as part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.


The Golden Jubilee is one of the largest thoracic (lung) units in the UK, carrying out around 1,400 operations each year, of which 35 per cent are for lung cancer.


Resection, which involves performing surgery to remove the damaged area of the organ, is one of the most effective treatments for patients suffering from lung cancer. Over the past five years, resection rates at the Golden Jubilee have increased from 10 per cent to 25 per cent, meaning more people are receiving and benefiting from this treatment than ever before.


There has also been a major increase in Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), with over 200 procedures carried out at the Golden Jubilee in 2014/15. This minimally invasive form of keyhole surgery has increased from zero per cent to nearly 70 per cent in the last five years and has led to a shorter length of stay and an earlier return to normal living for more patients.


Lung Surgeon Alan Kirk said: “The Golden Jubilee is a centre of excellence in lung disease and performs all resection rates for lung cancer throughout the west of Scotland.


“We are delighted to have played our part in more than doubling these rates over the last five years while providing a quality service delivering person-centred, safe, effective care for each patient. 


“The Golden Jubilee is recognised internationally as a champion of healthcare innovation and the pioneering VATS technology has reduced the length of time patients spend in hospital.


“This has given patients the opportunity to return to regular activity earlier than those undergoing open thoracotomy which is the traditional approach for lung cancer.”


Earlier this year, the Golden Jubilee’s thoracic team were the first in Scotland to use 3D imaging during keyhole surgery on patients needing treatment for lung cancer.

Mr Kirk added: “The 3D imaging system provides improved depth perception on patient images, giving surgeons a more accurate picture of the patient’s condition and makes lung operations quicker, safer and more effective.


“The Golden Jubilee is leading on Quality, Research and Innovation for NHSScotland and we have been trialling this 3D imagery since the summer.


“Since using this technology we have seen a reduction in surgery times and it is hoped more patients than ever before will be able to undergo this keyhole surgery.”


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