Lung Cancer Treatment Advances with Streamlined Approach

December 15, 2015

For lung cancer patients, the right treatment plan often involves a team of medical specialists, including experts in lung disease, chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.

The NHRMC Lung Program is the only one of its kind in southeastern North Carolina that brings all these doctors together for you.

The cooperation and coordination of all of these doctors will help simplify the process for you; providing the best course of treatment is always the ultimate goal. Having doctors work together and starting your treatment as early as possible is important.

How it Works

Our team reviews and discusses new patients’ symptoms and test results. Using the information gathered, the doctors determine the type and stage of lung cancer and design a care plan tailored to each patient.

On the same day, we meet each patient face-to-face. Every doctor involved in your treatment plan greets you, explains our role in the process and answers any questions. That’s three to four doctor visits in the course of just a few hours.

Arranging Care

To allow you and your family to focus on your well-being, our program coordinator is ready to help you. She will assist with the logistics of arranging appointments and managing
insurance paperwork. She is also available to explain medications and answer questions.

Access to Other Resources

Your program coordinator can anticipate your needs and help you find assistance that you may not realize is available. This includes:

  • Clinical research opportunities
  • Spiritual care
  • Financial resources
  • Help with transportation
  • Support groups
  • Mental health counseling

The bottom line is that the NHRMC Lung Program was designed to improve the quality of care we can provide to our patients. We do that by taking a team-based approach that makes it easier to plan appointments, get the correct treatments started quickly, and find available resources that you need.

Lung Cancer Screenings

If you are or ever have been a smoker, or have been exposed to known lung-cancer causing substances, such as asbestos, speak with your primary care provider about being screened for lung cancer. If you do not have a primary care, provider, visit NHRMCPhysicianGroup.org to see a full list of family and internal medicine practices in the NHRMC Physician Group. 

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