Singing River Health System Pulmonologists, Thoracic Surgeons and Oncologists work closely with practitioners from multiple departments to provide a multidisciplinary program of comprehensive care for patients with lung cancer.
Decisions about each patient’s care are made in weekly meetings that combine the expertise of thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, and pathologists. Benefiting from our team approach, patients are offered individualized treatment, which may include preoperative or postoperative multimodality therapy, for example, a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in conjunction with surgery. Such an integrated effort has been shown to improve survival from lung cancer.
In addition to providing specific therapies for lung cancer, the lung cancer team is concerned with supporting the patient’s quality of life. Therefore, we provide supportive measures such as pain management, anemia treatment, and use of bisphosphonates, as well as other maneuvers to relieve local symptoms.