Lung Cancer

Interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic

A Holistic Approach to Lung Cancer

Clinical Care

An estimated 222,520 new cases of lung cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2010, accounting for 15 percent of all new cancer diagnoses. The evaluation and management of lung cancer is complex, requiring a comprehensive approach with the involvement of experts from multiple specialties. It is exactly this multi-disciplinary approach that the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center provides through its Interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic (ILC). The ILC team consists of a core of medical and radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and pulmonologists, supported by diagnostic and interventional radiologists, pathologists, clinical and research nursing coordinators, case managers, social workers, and palliative care specialists. The inter-disciplinary clinic allows patients to meet with many experts on one day, avoiding long delays between appointments. The team approach also allows for the development of a well-coordinated plan of care. Once a plan has been developed for an individual patient, patients can then receive the components of their care from individual physicians. The entire team of experts meets at a lung cancer tumor board on a weekly basis to discuss all new cases, and obtain input from the whole team.

Research

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths, accounting for nearly a third of all deaths due to cancer. It is imperative that we explore newer and better treatments for patients with lung cancer. Our robust research program offers a wide range of clinical trials for patients with lung cancer, exploring novel therapeutics. Additionally, we are also performing studies to understand the biology of lung cancer, with an aim to develop strategies for early diagnosis and tailor therapies to the needs of individual patients.

Supportive Care

Our team of palliative care experts is available to help with a variety of issues ranging from pain management to end-of-life care. Additional psychosocial support is available through our dynamic monthly lung cancer support group, run by the Department of Social Work. Medical and psychosocial support for smoking cessation is also available to our patients.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every patient with lung cancer or other thoracic malignancies sees the right physicians in the appropriate order, gets the appropriate diagnostic tests, and fully understands the diagnosis and treatment options. Our team is dedicated in its fight against lung cancer, and believes in combining expert opinion with state-of-the art technology to provide compassionate and holistic care to our patients.

To make an appointment with the Interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic (ILC), call 202-444-2223.