Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Care Approach

Providence Thoracic Oncology Program takes a multidisciplinary care approach to treating lung cancer. Your multidisciplinary thoracic oncology care team consists of the following trained specialists:  
  • Pulmonologist – A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the lung.
  • Gastroenterologist – A doctor who specializes in diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system.
  • Thoracic surgeon – A doctor who specializes in surgery of the heart, lungs, esophagus and mediastinum.
  • Medical oncologist – An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of people with cancer. A medical oncologist is an expert in the use of chemotherapy to treat cancer.
  • Radiation oncologist – An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the care of people with cancer. A radiation oncologist is an expert in the use of radiation therapy to treat cancer.
  • Radiologist – A doctor who specializes in defining medical problems by interpreting imaging studies, such as X-rays, mammograms, Cat scans (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and ultrasound.
  • Pathologist – A doctor who specializes in diagnosing medical problems by looking under the microscope at organ and tissue samples, such as tissue taken during a lung biopsy.
  • Lung cancer patient advocate – A master's-prepared social worker who is available to assess, support and counsel patients and their families through the process of treatment and recovery related to lung and esophageal cancers.
  • Respiratory therapist – Trained members of the health care team who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.
  • Clinical research staff – A variety of personnel who participate in specialized research of lung and/or esophageal cancer including those who perform bench research, patient education and follow up with patients.
  • Data manager –  A specialist in confidential data collection and data management systems.  The data manager prepares and provides statistical reports on: lung cancer clinical outcomes, patient quality of life and patient functional status.  These reports are used to direct future program goals and to promote quality
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