Combating lung cancer swiftly and efficiently requires a team of experts working together to understand the diagnosis and develop an individualized plan of care to improve outcomes.
At Albany Medical Center, patients benefit from a multispecialty expert team of physicians, nurses and other professionals who do just that. The Multi-Specialty Lung Cancer Program was established to provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive care for our lung cancer patients.
Services offered through the Multi-Specialty Lung Cancer Program:
State-of-the-art imaging and testing for diagnosis of lung cancer:
- 64-slice CT scanners
- Integrated PET/CT
- Nuclear Medicine
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing and advanced pulmonary function testing laboratory
State-of-the-art diagnostic services and techniques for accurate diagnosis and staging:
- Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
- Advanced, diagnostic bronchoscopy including Narrow Band Imaging
- CT-guided needle biopsy
Treatment with the latest modalities:
- Minimally invasive thoracic surgery techniques
- Chemotherapy/targeted therapy
- High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
- Radio Frequency Ablation
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- Interventional bronchoscopy
A Team of Experts
The Multi-Specialty Lung Cancer Program is centered on a multidisciplinary conference where all the specialists needed to care for your lung cancer are present in one room to discuss your case and make the best diagnosis and treatment decisions possible.
The dedicated team includes:
- Thoracic surgeons led by the program’s Surgical Director Thomas Fabian, MD, FACS
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Nurse Navigator
Patients are guided through every step of the process by the support of a dedicated nurse navigator. This nurse not only helps to streamline the process—from scheduling appointments and procedures to testing and follow-up care—but serves as a single point of contact for patients and their families to answer questions.
Who Should Be Referred to the Multi-Specialty Lung Cancer Program?
Patients with a new diagnosis of lung cancer
Patients with recurrent lung cancer
Post-operative lung cancer patients for consideration of adjuvant treatment
Patients with imaging highly suggestive of lung cancer
Patients with other cancers that have spread to the lung
Patients seeking a second opinion
For more information on our program or to schedule an appointment call Dorothy Chiaravalle RN-BSN, Nurse Navigator, at (518) 262-5864 (LUNG).