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Sept. 13: Memorial Health System Takes a New Approach in Lung Nodule Treatment

According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. What has plagued the care of this disease is the need for multiple specialties intervening concurrently. In our current environment of medical care, this is not easily achievable on a timely basis. The usual time between discovery and treatment of a lung cancer averaged two to three months. The Lung Nodule Clinic at Memorial Health System is championing a new approach to overcome these hurdles.

How can we do this? First, patients are seen less than one-week of their referral to the Lung Nodule Clinic. Second, X-rays and other tests are gathered and the physician reviews these tests prior to the visit. A team of physicians, including a surgeon, radiation oncologist, pulmonologist and other subspecialists, meet to discuss each individual case within days of the initial consultation. Most patients are directed to the appropriate treatment at this point which cuts the patient’s time to treatment to two weeks instead of the traditional two to three months.