Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancer Clinic
All lung cancer patients at Regional Cancer Center take part in our Multidisciplinary Thoracic Clinic. The Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancer Clinic at The Regional Cancer Center brings together a team of specialists to provide a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with cancers of the lung and chest.
The primary goals of the clinic are (1) to offer innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies specific to each individual patient’s diagnosis, and (2) to gather multiple clinical opinions, which would otherwise take several weeks, into a single office visit.
Developing an effective treatment plan for thoracic cancer involves input from a variety of specialists. For many patients the time from diagnosis to the start of treatment can be frustrating and lengthy.
To expedite development and implementation of a treatment plan, Regional Cancer Center brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists in thoracic surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology with collaboration from pulmonology, pathology, and radiology physician specialists. Patients are seen by a multidisciplinary team of physicians who evaluate the patient, review diagnostic testing, and meet to discuss each patient’s case to determine the best course of action for treatment. In a coordinated visit, treatment plans involving any or all of the doctors’ specialties can be developed that meet each patient’s unique needs.
Services Provided by UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
The vast majority of cancer diagnostic and treatment modalities being offered today are available at Regional Cancer Center. For the few types of treatments not provided, the physicians at RCC will coordinate a treatment plan with specialists at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, one of the top academic cancer programs in the country. Effective management of more unusual cancers and coordination of any subspecialty care that may need to be provided in Pittsburgh is enhanced by close working relationships between our organizations. Our shared goal is making these instances as seamless as possible for patients, while providing as much care as possible close to home. Talk with your doctor at RCC to understand if such services may have a role in your care plan.