New NHRMC Lung Program Coordinates Care for Cancer Patients

November 23, 2015

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the launch of the NHRMC Lung Program to offer newly diagnosed lung cancer patients a more comprehensive, streamlined approach to care.

Through the program, patients positively screened for lung cancer have their results studied by a team of specialists who work together to develop a treatment plan. With that immediate collaboration, treatment to help stop the cancer’s spread can begin sooner.

“We are excited to provide this new program for our patients,” said Henry Hawthorne, administrator of oncology services for NHRMC. “Finding tumors early and beginning treatment as soon as possible is the best way to fight this disease.”

At the NHRMC Lung Program, patients are evaluated to determine the type and stage of lung cancer and have a care plan tailored to their needs. For some patients, all treatments will take place at NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center.

The NHRMC Lung Program multidisciplinary team includes:

• Kelly Nagasawa, MD, Co-Medical Director of the NHRMC Lung Program, cardiothoracic surgery

• Michael A. Papagikos, MD, Co-Medical Director of the NHRMC Lung Program, radiation oncology

• Andrew Schreiber, MD, Cape Fear Cancer Specialists – NHRMC Physician Group, medical oncology

• Christian B. Lloyd, MD, NHRMC Medical Director of Intensive Care Services, pulmonology

• Douglas J. Testori, DO, Cape Fear Cancer Specialists – NHRMC Physician Group, medical oncology

• Robert M. Cortina, MD, FACS, general surgery

• Charles R. Neal, MD, radiation oncology

• Michael A. Nichols, MD, radiation oncology

• Nasar A. Siddiqi, MD, pulmonologist

Program Director and Nurse Navigator Lorraine Sieminski, RN, BSN, OCN, will help patients navigate through their treatment and schedule appointments. As a navigator, she can expedite testing prior to clinic dates, explain billing and insurance policies, help reduce confusion and direct patients toward community resources and spiritual care.

“Having a nurse navigator adds a personal touch, giving our lung patients a central point of contact as they go through treatment,” Hawthorne said. “This is one more way we focus on providing the care our patients value most.”

The NHRMC Lung Program requires a physician referral. Potential candidates should contact their primary care physician for a screening exam. For more information, visit, call 910.667.7791 or email [email protected].

About NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center

The NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center is southeastern North Carolina’s only community cancer center dedicated solely to the diagnosis, treatment and support of people with cancer. It houses outpatient services, including chemotherapy, infusion therapy and radiation therapies. It also hosts NHRMC’s clinical trials program, giving local residents a chance to participate in current clinical trials, testing the most modern chemotherapy drugs, radiation and surgical protocols. NHRMC has been named one of America’s best hospitals for cancer care by the Women’s Choice Awards and is designated as a teaching program by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, which is awarded to just 25 percent of hospitals in the country.