Lung and thoracic cancers are often complex and challenging and may require a combination
of treatments. Multidisciplinary teams at the Georgia Cancer Center work together
to find and determine the stage of your cancer as quickly and precisely as possible.
We use the most advanced diagnostic methods and tools, including:
- PET (positron emission tomography) scans
- High-resolution CT (computed tomography) scans
- Endobronchial and esophageal ultrasound
- Advanced bronchoscopic imaging
- Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
As part of lung cancer awareness month, the Georgia Cancer Center and Augusta University
Health we are proud to announce the creation of Thoracic Oncology NOW clinic at Georgia
Cancer Center. This clinic takes place every Wednesday afternoon and Lung Cancer patients
will get to see surgical oncologists (Dr. Dan Miller, Dr. John Kuckleman), medical
oncologist (Dr. Girindra Raval), interventional pulmonologist (Dr. Rabih Bechara)
and radiation oncologist (Dr. William Grubb), back-to-back at the same time, there
by significantly decreasing time to treatment and improving patient satisfaction as
patients will get all consulting in one stop.
Patients can also avail themselves of nutritional consultants, financial Personnel,
and social worker at the same time, if needed to provide comprehensive care. Patients
can be scheduled in our NOW clinic with our Nurse Navigator – Ms. Stephanie Turner,
RN at 706-721-3453.
In addition to the above, under the leadership of Dr. Dan Miller, Augusta University,
will now be offering Artificial Intelligence driven Optellum technology to detect
lung nodule, more accurately at an early stage as part of our Lung Cancer Screening
and lung nodule clinic.
The two initiatives – Thoracic NOW clinic and AI driven lung nodule screening are
part of an effort from our end to provide exceptional patient care while at the same
time, decreasing the burden on patients. We are hopeful this will provide a much-needed
service to our patients, would be well received and improve patient satisfaction.