Early warning alert system for small cell lung cancer reduces time from diagnosis to treatment and reduces 30 days mortality : Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester Trust

Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) has been identified as an aggressive type of cancer with poor prognosis. Despite being a chemotherapy-sensitive malignancy, a proportion of patients rapidly progress and deteriorate prior to initiation of systemic therapy. Urgent initiation of treatment is key in improving outcomes. We are a large lung cancer team serving a population of one million. Our MDT consisting of respiratory physicians, pathologists, lung cancer nurses and oncologists work proactively to provide fast and best possible care to our patients with SCLC. Here we present our experience of SCLC alert system and its effect on reducing time from diagnosis to treatment and 30 days mortality