Lung and Esophageal
The Chest Service at The University of Tennessee Medical Center provides a unique service for patients with suspected or known cancers of the lung and esophagus. As a leader in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of thoracic malignancies, coordination of care between specialists is maximized to provide quality comprehensive care. At the weekly multidisciplinary thoracic tumor conference, each patient’s case is reviewed by our team of specialists and recommendations for treatment are made and an individualized care plan developed. The Chest Service nurse navigator assists with expediting and coordinating each referral while providing information and support to the patient and family.
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The pulmonogists at the University of Tennessee Medical Center offer advanced techniques that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer such as computer assisted navigational bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound.
A cardiothoracic (CT) surgeon is a medical doctor who performs operations on the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. The board certified CT surgeons at the University of Tennessee Medical Center provide expertise and experience in the evaluation and surgical treatment of lung and esophageal cancers. The CT surgeons work closely with all other oncology specialists and offer advanced surgical techniques including minimally invasive and robotically assisted surgery options.
Nurse Navigators (Chest Services)
One call to the chest services navigator by the patient or the referring physician results in a prompt evaluation and the expediting of care for each patient with findings suspicious for cancer or a known cancer diagnosis. Navigators are specially trained nurses who provide assistance to patients and families by coordinating care and providing information, education and support.
The board certified fellowship trained surgical oncologists at The University of Tennessee Medical Center work closely with a team of physicians at the Cancer Institute including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, plastic/reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, oncology nurse navigators and social workers to develop individualized cancer treatment plans. Patients treated by the surgical oncologists benefit from discussion of their treatment plans in multdisciplinary conferences and from innovative treatment procedures not available elsewhere in the region or state.
At the University of Tennessee Medical Center, our board certified medical oncologists are experts in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of cancer including solid tumors and hematologic malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma. A medical oncologist is a physician who specializes in the medical treatment of cancer with chemotherapy as well as biological and hormonal therapy. Our medical oncologists work closely with the multidisciplinary oncology team to determine an individualized care plan and to coordinate the patient’s care. Evidence based treatment guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and other peer-reviewed, nationally recognized organizations are used as guidelines to ensure adherence to clinical practice standards (“best practices”) and to optimize the quality of care and patient outcomes.
A radiation oncologist is a board certified physician who uses radiation to treat cancer. Radiation can be given to cure cancer either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It may also be given to relieve symptoms. In some cases, radiation may also be used to treat benign tumors. Our highly experienced team of radiation oncologists offer multiple treatment options including 3D conformal radiation, intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), rotational RapidArc therapy, high and low dose brachytherapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery utilizing the CyberKnife. The radiation oncologists are part of the multidisciplinary team that reviews each patient’s case to determine an individualized treatment plan for each cancer patient.
The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Department of Pathology provides expert surgical pathology services which are critical to the diagnosis and classification of lung and esophageal cancers. An accurate diagnosis involving both gross and microscopic examination of tissue, body fluids and cells is a requisite to determining an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Special tests and molecular markers are also performed by the Pathology Department which provide additional information important to the multidisciplinary team when recommending the most appropriate treatment. The Department of Pathology also offers a second review and opinion of slides and reports from other facilities. Our team of board certified pathologists includes pathology faculty members who specialize in specific cancers and have extensive experience evaluating and accurately characterizing cancerous tissue specimens.
The Integrative Healthcare program at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute is designed to provide supportive and integrative therapies for cancer patients and their caregivers during all stages of cancer care from diagnosis, treatment and beyond. More