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St. Luke's Tumor Board Experts Work Together to Improve Care of Patients with Lung Cancer
St. Luke's Tumor Board and Lung Conference Experts Work Together to Improve Care of Patients with Lung Cancer

From early detection and diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, St. Luke's cancer patients are in the hands of a strong team of professionals who are focused on fighting lung cancer.

One important component of cancer care is the St. Luke's weekly Tumor Board Conferences. Once a month, it convenes to review current lung cancer cases. A multidisciplinary committee, consisting of cardiothoracic and general surgeons, pulmonologists, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists collaborate to create an individualized treatment plan for those diagnosed with complicated, complex or unusual lung cancers. The lung conference is part of a series of weekly conferences covering all types of cancers.

During the lung conferences, the team of lung experts thoroughly reviews patient cases in order to develop recommendations to improve and coordinate the care of each patient presented. Each discussion includes an outline of pertinent patient medical history, physical findings, clinical course, clinical stage, radiographic studies and pathologic interpretations. Using the latest national guidelines determined by world-renowned experts from 21 of the world's leading cancer centers, treatment options are discussed. Options for clinical trials are also presented.

These site-specific conferences are based on recommendations by the Commission on Cancer (COC) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines. Daniel Potts, MD and Albert Van Amburg, MD serve as Lung Conference Co-Directors and Mary Ellen Bruenderman, RN serves as Conference Coordinator. In 2012, forty-nine lung cancer cases were discussed.

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