Recognising lung cancer First steps – diagnosis to treatment

Canopy Cancer Care is a leading private clinic for adult cancer patients. Our team specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment. The Canopy vision is to offer New Zealanders the option of world class cancer care, delivered locally. Every day and with every patient we work towards this goal. The Canopy team has been providing an international standard of care for over eight years. During this time we have built a strong team who are all passionate about our patients and the outcomes that matter to them most.

We have world class facilities located in

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both lungs.


Lung cancer is the leading cause of Cancer death in NZ.

Every day 6 New Zealanders will be diagnosed with lung cancer and approximately 1,500 die from lung cancer per year.

Lung cancer occurs most often in adults between the ages of 40 and 70 who have smoked cigarettes for at least 20 years.

Types of lung cancer

GU cancer
Non-small cell lung cancer

Most common histological sub types adenocarcinoma, squamous cell, large cell.

Small-cell lung cancer

Make up to about 20% of lung cancers. Grows and spreads quickly.

Risk Factors


Smoking is the single greatest risk factor of lung cancer.

Previous lung disease


Chronic obstruction pulmonary disease and tuberculosis.

Passive smoking

Second hand smoke (SHS) contains carcinogens and chemicals such as cyanide, DDT, ammonia and carbon monoxide.(Smoke free NZ)

Family history of lung cancer

1 in 5 people that develop lung cancer have never smoked. Increased prevalence of mutations (EGFR, ALK) in patients with lung cancer that have never smoked.

Occupational exposure

Occupational exposure to asbestos is associated with an increased risk of asbestosis, mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the pleural membranes on the surface of the lungs and lung cancer.

For people with asbestosis, their risk of developing lung cancer is doubled. If the person also smokes, then the risk is increased.

Survival rates

Survival from lung cancer in New Zealand is poor with a five year survival rate of

MoH 2016

Signs or symptoms

Why choose Canopy?

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Quick appointment times

-our target is to have our patients seen by a Specialist within 7 days.

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The highest professional standards

-comes from selecting only highly experienced and dedicated Specialists, nurses and support staff.

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Personalised treatment plans

by professionals committed to delivering quality care, patient experience and outcomes.

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Global sourcing of therapies

– we will reach across the globe to ensure patients have access to the most effective drug therapies

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Individualised patient care program

– with a focus on outcomes that matter to patients, the Under the Canopy program has been specifically designed to support patients navigate their personal cancer journey as comfortably as possible.

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Purpose designed treatment clinics

– ensuring a calm and relaxed healing environment.

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Canopy TV

– an online news channel for the cancer community

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Specialist on call 24/7

– for complete peace of mind.

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Evidence based care and external accreditation

– to ensure we are delivering world class care and treatment options

Canopy Cancer Care lung tumour team

Internationally renowned lung oncologist’s Dr Laird Cameron, Abbey Wrigley and Richard Sullivan together make up the lung tumour team at Canopy Cancer Care in Auckland.

They are supported by Drs Michelle Head, Elliott Brenman and Richard North in Tauranga and by Drs Abbey Wrigley and Vince Newton in Whangarei. Specialist lung nurse Karen Rowland provides expert nursing care in this tumour stream.

Their combined knowledge, experience and skills make them the most experienced team available to treat adult and young adult patients in New Zealand.

If you have an adult or young adult patient with lung cancer, please contact Canopy Cancer Care with a referral to the Lung Team.

Canopy specialises in the care of patients requiring cancer treatment with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, antibody therapy, hormone therapy and more targeted therapies.

Treatment options and referral options

If you have a patient experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, they may need to see a

Followed by

  •  Radiation Oncologist and/or a Medical Oncologist

Making a referral is easy


Or contact:

Auckland and Northland


Hawke's Bay


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