Thoracic Oncology Program
Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Clinic
Providing team-based treatment and support to all lung cancer patients
Our LocationThe clinic's address is:
U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Floor B1, Room 363, Reception: E
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5912
- initial evaluation by a team of providers with experience in all aspects of lung cancer care
- the expertise of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Conference
for consensus treatment decisions
- discussion of the multidisciplinary team's recommendations with
the patient and family
- access to state-of-the-art standard and investigational therapies
- an opportunity to meet with an information specialist, dietitian
or social worker to discuss concerns or special needs
- comprehensive patient education materials
- reports to referring physicians
What we need from youThe following information should be delivered to the clinic coordinator at least two days prior to an appointment in the clinic:
- written medical records and reports detailing prior diagnostic or staging evaluations, hospitalizations, pre-existing medical conditions and treatments;
- original films or copies of all radiographic studies related to the current diagnosis (X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, PET scans, etc); and
- original pathology slides documenting the diagnosis of cancer.
Day of AppointmentEach Friday morning, new patients with known or suspected lung cancer receive an initial evaluation by a team of providers with expertise in the care of patients with lung cancer.
At noon, faculty from thoracic surgery, medical and radiation oncology, pulmonary medicine, radiology and pathology attend a conference, during which patient cases are presented and individualized management plans are formulated.
In the afternoon, the team's recommendations are discussed with the patient and family. Recommendations
- further diagnostic studies, such as a bronchoscopic biopsy or PET scan;
- surgery; including minimally invasive surgical procedures;
- aggressive combined-modality therapy treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy;
- palliative procedures to improve quality-of-life, such as radiofrequency ablation or stereotactic surgery; and
- investigational treatment.
Still have questions?The nurses at Cancer AnswerLine™ have answers. Call 1-800-865-1125 and you'll get a personal response from one of our registered nurses, who have years of experience in caring for people with cancer.