Cancer Services

Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board

Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board

Our Approach 

The Deaconess Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board offers collaborative treatment planning during a single visit and provides quick treatment implementation. Every case is individually reviewed by a dedicated team of doctors. During the course of treatment, patients may see:

  • Medical Oncologist - A physician who specializes in medications used in cancer care
  • Radiation Oncologist - A physician who specializes in radiation therapy
  • Radiologist - A physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging
  • Pulmonologist - A physician who specializes in lung diseases
  • Thoracic Surgeon - A physician who specializes in lung and chest surgery
  • Interventional Radiologist - a physician who interprets x-rays

Other team members include interventional radiologists, who interpret x-rays, and pathologists, who diagnose diseases of cells and tissues.

Benefits We Offer

  • Evaluation by a team of providers with experience in all aspects of lung disease
  • Expertise of the multidisciplinary team for consensus treatment decisions
  • Less time between detection and treatment
  • Discussion of the team's recommendations with the patient and family
  • Access to state-of-the-art standard and investigational therapies
  • Comprehensive educational materials
  • Reports to referring physicians

Nurse Navigator

A lung disease diagnosis can lead to difficult emotions and decisions. With this in mind, Deaconess offers you the complimentary services of a nurse navigator.

Mariah Atkinson, BSN, RN, the Deaconess Cancer Services nurse navigator, works with each patient in a compassionate and caring manner. She serves as a convenient, single point of contact between the Deaconess team and you and your family. Mariah's knowledge and special training are available from the first moment of diagnosis.

Mariah will help you schedule appointments and introduce you to the team of physicians who will develop your treatment plan. She can explain unfamiliar concepts, guide you through the treatment process and help you take advantage of the many resources available. 

At Deaconess, you can rest assured that you and your family are not alone as you progress through lung disease diagnosis and treatment. We offer the guidance and support you need during this difficult time with our skilled, compassionate nurse navigator.

What to Expect 

Each Wednesday morning at 7:15 am physicians from thoracic surgery, medical/radiation, oncology, pulmonary medicine and radiology attend a conference.  During this discussion the patient cases are reviewed and individualized recommendations for plans of care are created.  

After each conference, the team's recommendations are discussed with patients and their families by the referring and/or primary care physician.  Recommendations may include:

  • Further diagnostic studies, such as bronchoscopic biopsies, PET scans or CT-guided biopsies
  • Surgery, including minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Aggressive combined-modality treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Palliative procedures to improve quality of life, such as radiofrequency ablation or stereotactic surgery 
  • Investigational treatment

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For more information, contact the Deaconess Multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Review Board at 812-858-2268.

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