The management of patients with suspected or known lung cancer is becoming increasingly complex. Developing an effective treatment plan for lung cancer involves input from a variety of physicians and other specialists. For many patients, the time from diagnosis to the start of treatment can be frustrating and lengthy.
At the Franciscan St. Francis Health multidisciplinary Lung Clinic, we bring together a team of leading cancer experts in pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, pathology, radiology and many others. Together, they design personalized treatment plans for every patient using the most innovative and advanced lung cancer treatments available today.
We have also streamlined the process for patients and their families. At Lung Clinic, we bring our nationally recognized team of physicians to you. Patients see the entire team in one visit and in one convenient location, saving them several weeks of waiting and traveling to multiple office appointments and locations. This approach ensures the best possible treatment plan is designed quickly in partnership with the patient and his or her family.
Why choose St. Francis Health for lung cancer care?
Extensive Research and Clinical Trials
As a leading research center, Franciscan St. Francis Health participates in cutting-edge cancer research studies and clinical trials, with multiple trials for lung cancer available at any time. Research coordinators participate on the Lung Clinic team ensuring participation in clinical research is considered for all patients. This allows us to offer our patients access to advanced treatment options not available with standard care.
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB)
Franciscan St. Francis Health was the first hospital in central Indiana to offer ENB. ENB allows our physicians to access all areas of the lungs to sample suspicious lung lesions and lymph nodes quickly and safely without surgery. This allows us to detect lung cancer earlier.
Less Invasive Surgical Options
Our cardiothoracic surgeons use minimally invasive, muscle-sparing, da Vinci robotic surgery and Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) to perform delicate and complex lung cancer surgery. These advanced surgical techniques result in fewer incisions, reduced pain, shorter hospital stays and a quicker recovery.
$69 Lung and Heart Scan
Francsican St. Francis Health was the first hospital in Indiana and among the first in the U.S. to offer a low-radiation dose CT lung screening program to help detect lung cancer at its earliest stages.
Lung Nurse Navigator
A dedicated lung cancer nurse navigator supports our patients and their families. The navigator helps guide patients on a one-on-one basis along the path from diagnosis through treatment.
The Lung Nurse Navigator serves as the point person for the Lung Clinic team, reviewing the patient’s history and making appropriate appointments based on the patient’s needs and the team’s treatment plan.
Radiation Therapy Expertise
The radiation oncology team at Franciscan St. Francis Health is one of the most experienced in the state. Our team utilizes the most advanced technology available today, including TomoTherapy, an innovative system that combines Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) with the accuracy of Computed Tomography (CT) imaging.
We are also experts in Stereotactic Radiation Therapy (SRT) allowing us to treat hard-to-reach lung tumors with high-dose radiation, while at the same time sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs, limiting patient side effects. SRT is also a treatment option for patients who are not candidates for surgery.
For more information or to schedule an appointment,
To contact the Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator or to schedule an appointment at the Franciscan St. Francis Health Lung Cancer Center, call (317) 528-1420.