Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic
Often, patients who suspect lung cancer face a series of diagnostic appointments over a period of several weeks, without benefit of actually consulting with all necessary specialists. We find this unacceptable. So, we instituted a multidisciplinary Lung Clinic to ensure that our patients receive a timely diagnosis and a thorough evaluation by all relevant specialists.
When patients are referred to our Lung Clinic they are assigned an oncologic nurse who coordinates their care and makes certain they are promptly seen by all appropriate multidisciplinary specialists. Patients are then seen each Tuesday by a surgeon who, if necessary, arranges a biopsy that very day. When the patient returns on Thursday, they meet with their multidisciplinary board of a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, an oncologic nurse, cancer resource specialist and surgeon. Here, the team personally discusses the most ideal treatment options with the patient and his/her family, and sets a plan of action into motion.
We understand that the journey for our cancer patients includes not only the physical aspects of cancer care but also emotional and spiritual issues as well. That is why each multidisciplinary team also includes a personal Cancer Resource Specialist (CRS) to help guide patients through their care. All of our CRS' are Masters-level social workers with an expertise in cancer care. These care givers are available for the sole purpose of assisting patients with the emotional and practical aspects of treatment.
To become part of the Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic have your primary care physician make a referral, or self-refer by calling 1-877-LACKS-MI or 616-685-LACK(S).