Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Those diagnosed and treated at earlier stages have a significantly better outcome, with five-year survival for Stage 1 disease approaching 75%.
Diagnosis of a lung nodule or lung cancer can be overwhelming. The Grand Strand Medical Center lung cancer program strives to make the process from diagnosis to treatment efficient and compassionate.
The lung cancer program includes:
- Monthly cancer conference
- A dedicated cardiothoracic navigator
- Multidisciplinary treatment plans: surgery (including minimally invasive lung surgery), radiation, chemotherapy
- Accelerated scheduling and interpretation of diagnostic studies
- Fast-track approach to consultations and treatment
Monthly Lung Cancer Conferences
A multidisciplinary group of Grand Strand Medical Center physicians review cases at a monthly lung cancer conference. The patient's history, physical exam, pathology and imaging are reviewed and recommendations are made in an evidence based manner.
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Medical Oncology
- Radiation Oncology
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiothoracic Navigator
- Nurse Directors
A cardiothoracic nurse navigator assists with facilitating the patient and family through the health system in the most efficient manner. The navigator's role is to:
- Provide central access to screening for all patients with suspicion of lung cancer
- Educate the patient and family
- Provide support for the patient and family
- Serve as liaison between the primary care physician and the specialty team
- Facilitate timely evaluation, diagnosis and treatment
For more information or to access the program, contact the cardiothoracic navigator at (843) 692-1564.