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Global IT outage update - Monday 22 July

The issues affecting the supplier that provides our chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments have now been resolved.

We want to thank our patients for being understanding and bearing with us and we apologise for any delays caused by this. Unless our teams contact you, please attend your appointment as planned. Throughout this incident, we have prioritised the most clinically urgent patients.

The Christie provides care and treatment for hundreds of people every day. The global IT outage last Friday (19 July 2024) affected many organisations but to put it into context, this affected less than a third of our patients.

Our staff have worked tirelessly over the weekend to deliver as many chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments as possible and continue to do so to catch up on rescheduled treatments this week.

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Secondary lung cancer

Cancer can develop in the lungs in two ways. It can start in the lung (primary lung cancer), or it can spread there from a primary cancer elsewhere in the body.

If a cancer spreads to the lungs from another part of the body, this is known as secondary or metastatic lung cancer.

Cancerous tumours are made up of millions of cells. Some of these cells may break away from the primary cancer and travel in the bloodstream or the lymphatic system to another part of the body - in this case, the lungs. Cancers that may spread to this area are those of the:

Sarcomas (a type of cancer of the cells of the soft tissue of the body) can also spread to the lungs.

The symptoms of a secondary lung cancer may be distressing, and can include:

  • a cough that doesn't clear up
  • breathlessness coughing up bloodstained phlegm (sputum)
  • persistent pain or discomfort in the chest.

Many of these symptoms are similar to those of a primary lung cancer. They are more commonly caused by conditions other than cancer, such as a chest infection, but you should see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.

A doctor may suspect a secondary lung cancer if you've already been diagnosed with a cancer and you have some of these symptoms, particularly if they don't respond to other treatment such as antibiotics.

Sometimes, secondaries or metastases are found before a primary cancer has been diagnosed. Occasionally, it may not be possible to find the original cancer - this is called an 'unknown primary'.

*Information provided by Macmillan cancer support

At The Christie, the lung team in clinical oncology specialise in the treatment of lung cancers.

Last updated: March 2023