Lung Nodule Clinic

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In response to a growing number of patients being diagnosed with nodules in their lungs, Franciscan Thoracic Oncology has developed an innovative approach to ensuring at-risk patients receive early diagnosis and treatment, if necessary. Early detection and treatment of cancerous lung nodules is critical; lung cancer treatment is more successful when discovered in its early stages.

Team care

The Lung Nodule Clinic team is a multi-disciplinary team of thoracic, pulmonary, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and radiology physician specialists, and a thoracic nurse navigator.

Patient care

Most patients referred to the clinic have been diagnosed with lung nodules after a recent chest x-ray or CT at an emergency department or primary care clinic visit. The nurse navigator, a specialist in thoracic care, coordinates the most appropriate and time-sensitive care path with each patient and the multi-disciplinary team.

Patient benefits

  • A timely assessment, diagnosis and recommended care plan.
  • Access to care, as the nurse navigator guides patients through the treatment process, working collaboratively with the patient’s health care team.
  • Scheduled follow-up at 3-6, 12, 18 or 24 months, as appropriate for the patient.
  • Patient education and assistance, easing anxiety after a troubling diagnosis.
  • Virtual clinic means patients go directly to the specialists on their care path.

Referral

Patients need a referral from their primary care physician for the virtual Lung Nodule Clinic. A board-certified pulmonary physician will screen all patients and initiate appropriate next steps with our multi-disciplinary specialists.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Hellers, RN, BSN, OCN
Thoracic Nurse Navigator
Phone: 253-426-6556
Fax: 253-426-4545

The Lung Nodule Clinic is a partnership among CHI Franciscan Health, Northwest Medical Specialties, Pulmonary Consultants, Tacoma/Valley Radiation Oncology Centers and TRA Medical Imaging.