• Department Overview

Lung Cancer

What we do

The lung cancer team at St. James’s Hospital sees approximately 25% of National lung cancer patients for diagnosis and or treatment, and close to 50% of National surgical resections (the principal curative treatment) for lung cancer are carried out at St. James’s Hospital (Ref. Six Year Audit Report, St. James’s Hospital 2001-2006)

Lung Cancer Programme-Key Points

  • Rapid access diagnostic bronchoscopy (all procedures on a “next-list” basis-no waiting list)
  • ‘One stop’ diagnosis and staging for lung cancer available
  • In 2007, St. James’s diagnosed or treated 417 new lung cancers.(Ref. Cancer Audit Programme, St. James’s Hospital)
  • PET/ MRI scanner available
  • Long established weekly multidisciplinary team meeting, with MDT approach to management of all patients.  This includes regular telelink with Mullingar, Tullamore and Letterkenny.  The MDT is organized by a full time MDT coordinator.
  • National Cardiac Unit based at St. James’s Hospital
  • Dedicated pulmonary cytohistopathologists
  • Dedicated medical oncologist for lung cancer, who is chair of the British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) and an international opinion leader in lung cancer
  • Lung cancer data manager who manages lung cancer database
  • Lung cancer nurse co-ordinator
  • Lung cancer clinical trials, translational studies and bio-bank facilities are available
  • Research: extensive bench-to-bedside lung cancer research programme

Contact Details

Lung Cancer Services, Crest Directorate, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8

Phone:  (01) 416 2669
Fax:  (01) 410 3760

Title Name Phone / Fax Email 
Lung Cancer Nurse Co-ordinator    Main hospital (01) 4103000 bleep 101 Mobile: 087 2146575  shaverty@stjames.ie, ffitzsimons@stjames.ie
Respiratory Consultant  Dr. F. O Connell   (01) 416 2196 Fax: (01)410 3760 foconnell@stjames.ie 
Respiratory Consultant Mr. R. O Donnell (01) 416 3920 Fax: (01) 410 3760 rodonnell@stjames.ie
Respiratory Physician Dr. R. Fahy (01) 416 2339 Fax: (01) 410 3760 fahysec@stjames.ie
Respiratory & General Medicine (GEMS) Dr. D. O Riordan (01) 416 2313 Fax: (01) 410 3760 doriordan@stjames.ie
Respiratory Consultant Dr. J. Keane (01) 410 3920 Fax:(01) 410 3760 jkeanesec@stjames.ie
Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (CResT) Prof. Eilis Mc Govern  (01) 416 2323 emcgovern@stjames.ie
Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (CResT) Mr. V. Young (01) 410 3534 vyoung@stjames.ie


Cardio Thoracic Clinic

Specialty Day Location Consultant/Contact details 
Cardio Thoracic  Monday am  Outpatients Suite 3 Mr. M. Tolan alternate week  
  Monday pm  Outpatients Suite 3 Mr. V. Young
  Wednesday am  Outpatients Suite 3
  Wednesday pm Outpatients Suite 3 Ryan R

Respiratory Clinic

Specialty Day Location Consultant/Contact details
Respiratory Monday am Outpatients Suite 3  Dr. F. O Connell 
TB Clinic  Monday pm  Outpatients Suite 3  Dr. E. O'Donoghue
Respiratory rapid access Tuesday pm Outpatients Suite 3  Dr. F. O Connell 
Respiratory Tuesday pm   Dr. O Donnell / Dr. A M Mc Laughlin
Respiratory Thursday am  Outpatients Suite 3  Prof. R. Fahy 
Respiratory Thursday pm  Outpatients Suite 1  Prof.  J. Keane / Dr. O Donnell 
TB  Thursday pm  Outpatients Suite 1 Prof. J. Keane / Dr Mc A M Mc Laughlin
Respiratory Friday pm  Outpatients Suite 3  Prof. R. Fahy 
TB Friday pm   Prof. J. Keane

Referral Procedures

Referrals are to be made by letter or fax. Completed referrals should be posted or faxed directly to the Department.
Electronic lung cancer referral will be available in autumn 2009 via the National Healthlink Project (www.healthlink.ie