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