Patients with lung nodules that require further diagnostic testing or monitoring are excellent candidates for the Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic. Treatment of lung masses involves many different specialties; the center brings together expertise from multiple fields to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. After initial diagnosis, a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists collaborate to provide care tailored to each patient's needs. The team includes a dedicated thoracic surgeon, multiple medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonary specialists and a patient navigator who provide care in one convenient, comfortable location. Instead of scheduling individual appointments with each specialist, the clinic brings all these specialists together to provide a more thorough and timely evaluation, treatment and follow-up for each patient.
Detection with lung CT screening
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Early detection is critical for decreasing mortality rates. Norton Cancer Institute uses high-speed, multislice CT scanning technology that can find the tiniest of nodules. This painless screening can identify suspicious lesions when the tumors are small and often can be surgically removed. Norton Cancer Institute offers lung CT screening to individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer based on criteria consistent with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Lung Cancer Screening guidelines. People between the ages of 55 and 74 who have smoked one pack of cigarettes a day for the past 30 years or quit smoking less than 15 years ago may be eligible to participate. If a lung nodule is detected from the screening scan, the person can be referred to the Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic.
To learn more about the program or to complete a confidential risk assessment, call (502) 629-LUNG (5864).
Thoracic services patient navigator
Every patient who has a suspicious thoracic finding or is newly diagnosed with lung cancer has the unique opportunity to benefit from the Norton Healthcare/Norton Cancer Institute Thoracic Services Patient Navigation Program. Services are offered at no cost to the patient. The Thoracic Services Patient Navigator Program was developed to assist patients and their families with the many challenges that come with a lung cancer diagnosis. Our thoracic patient navigator is an oncology-certified registered nurse who can be a primary resource for lung cancer patients and the people who care for them.
The first point of contact with the thoracic services patient navigator is typically when a patient is newly diagnosed with lung cancer. This can be a devastating time that often leaves patients and families feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and confused. The patient navigator ensures patients and families have an advocate and an easily accessible source of information and support. The patient navigator also educates patients about their diagnosis and treatment options and helps with the patient's physical and emotional needs throughout the entire continuum of care.
The thoracic services patient navigator can help patients and their families during diagnosis and treatment by:
- Establishing early contact and developing rapport with patients and families
- Serving as a primary and easily accessible resource for patients with newly diagnosed or suspected lung cancer
- Ensuring each patient has a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care
- Assessing the patient's and family's level of understanding regarding the disease and providing necessary information about the disease, staging and treatment options
- Identifying and addressing barriers to timely and appropriate diagnosis and treatment
- Assisting patients in scheduling and coordinating staging studies, consultations and other referrals to optimize convenience and minimize delays to starting treatment
- Connecting patients with appropriate health care and community resources
- Prescreening patients for available clinical trials
- Ensuring a seamless transition from the outpatient clinic to the hospital to the private offices of treating physicians
- Maintaining accurate and timely communications among patients, consulting physicians and primary caregivers
For more information or to schedule a consultation with a patient navigator, call (502) 629-LUNG (5864).