Deborah’s Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic Program, under the direction of Andrew Martin, MD, Chair, Pulmonary Medicine at Deborah, offers collaborative personalized outpatient appointments for case management with patients with tumors.
“Our team includes an Oncologist, Radiologist, Pulmonologist, Pathologist, Surgeon, Administrative Director and other Ancillary Staff,” notes Deborah’s Chair of Pulmonary Medicine, Andrew Martin, MD. “This integrated approach offers us an opportunity to get the whole patient profile, allowing an efficient approach to the evaluation of lung tumors with state-of-the-art technology such as Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS). This tool, offering real-time images in and around the lungs, can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, as well as detecting infections and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lung. Many lung tumors are not cancerous, but for those that are, we want to have as much information as early as possible, so a treatment plan can be created.”
“If a patient is found to have a non-cancerous tumor,” Martin notes, “the standard treatment plan includes close follow-up and monitoring. If cancer is detected and surgery is required, arrangements will be made quickly.”
“For chemotherapy or radiation, however, we will recommend a facility near a patient’s home, so they can return to their community for those treatments, with continual evaluations given by Deborah’s Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Team.”