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.”
Lung Cancer Screening Program
Are you a smoker? Have you quit? Are you worried that even though you quit, you might have lung cancer?
These are valid concerns that plague many past and present smokers, especially since cigarette smoking contributes to lung cancer and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Patients with lung cancer usually don’t get symptoms until later in the disease’s progression.
Recent research has shown that lung cancer can be detected early by doing a low-dose CT (computed tomography) screening. This early-detection screening is estimated to reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent. Because of this, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that people at very high risk for lung cancer – including current and former smokers – get yearly screenings.
Deborah Heart and Lung Center is now a regional provider of this vitally important low-dose CT screening test. Appointments are easy to make and the screening takes less than five minutes. If the results are normal, those who smoke will have an opportunity to discuss a variety of smoking cessation programs. If abnormal results are found, follow-up testing can be scheduled directly in Deborah’s Pulmonary or Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Clinic, where an integrated team of specialists can plan further management.
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