Our doctors are critical to the Lung Center, but they do not work alone. Rather, they are part of a wider, collaborative team of experts who work in concert—conferring regularly with you and with one another—to design and implement a comprehensive, personalized care plan tailored to your individual needs and treatment goals. Each patient is assigned a dedicated care team of doctors, nurses and supportive care clinicians—led by a medical oncologist and coordinated by a care manager—who are focused on two simultaneous missions: to treat your cancer while helping you manage related side effects so they have less of an impact on your well-being and quality of life.
That’s why, in addition to a pulmonologist, oncologists and other physicians, your Lung Center care team may also include various supportive care clinicians to help you maintain your strength and stamina while combating side effects like pain, fatigue, nausea and breathing challenges, either from cancer or its treatments. Evidence-informed therapies such as nutrition counseling, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic care and massage may be recommended to help you feel and function better—before, during and after treatment. Respiratory therapists trained in smoking cessation techniques also are available if you need help quitting tobacco.
For patients with compromised airways due to their cancer and who are experiencing blockages in their nose, mouth, throat, larynx, trachea or bronchial tubes, we offer additional services tailored to your needs, including advanced diagnostic radiology techniques, speech pathology therapies and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
Also, because lung cancer has a high rate of recurrence, the Lung Center team will follow up with you after treatment is complete, scheduling regular, routine scans, clinical evaluations and chest X-rays to monitor your progress, even after you’ve returned home.