LCRP program gets lung cancers diagnosed quickly, treatment started sooner

Lung cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in both men and women. At the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, we see more than the national and state average of new lung cancer diagnoses. Lung cancer also is one of the most aggressive cancers.

The LCRP started a rapid access program for thoracic cancers in an effort to diagnose quicker and expedite treatment to try to prevent the spread of lung cancer and give patients back their quality of life. The program also:

  • is convenient for the patient;
  • eliminates anxiety associated with waiting on test results or doctor’s visits; and
  • designs a treatment plan with quality of life at the forefront.

The program is designed for patients that have pulmonary abnormalities found on a scan or recently diagnosed lung cancer patients. A physician’s referral is required to participate in the program.

How it works

A patient will work with a nurse navigator to schedule any necessary testing, such as a PET scan or pulmonary function test. The goal is to have all testing done prior to the first appointment so physicians can know a patient’s test results during the first meeting. However, some patients may need additional testing even after their first appointment.

Patients will meet with a team of specialists during each appointment. This makes it more convenient for the patient and helps eliminate prolonged wait times between appointments.

The physicians collaborate to determine the best course of treatment, all while keeping the patient’s health goals in mind with a focus on quality of life. Patients walk out knowing their treatment plan and their entire care team.

Meet Our Team

The thoracic cancer rapid access program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to treating each individual patient. The team includes specialty physicians and nurses including:

  • Dr. Doug Mullins, pulmonologist
  • Dr. Marc Bailey, thoracic surgeon
  • Dr. Robert Jones, thoracic surgeon
  • Dr. John Pablo, radiation oncologist
  • Dr. John Mikell, radiation oncologist
  • Dr. Joshua McKenzie, radiation oncologist
  • Dr. Allison Spellman, oncologist
  • Kaitlyn Youmans, nurse navigator for the Rapid Access Lung Treatment Program
  • Benae Thompson, dedicated diagnostic lung screener navigator
  • Dana Coleman, oncology nurse navigator

FAQ

Where is the program at?

Patients participating in the program will come to the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion, 225 Candler Drive, Suite 301. That is the Southeast Lung Associates office of Dr. Mullins.

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When is the program held?

The program is held twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Patients will need an appointment to be seen during those hours.

How do I get an appointment?

A physician’s referral is required. If you think you’d benefit from attending this program, talk to your physician.  

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information, please call oncology nurse navigator Dana Coleman at 912-819-5794 or email her at colemanda@sjchs.org.

Nancy N. and J.C.
Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
225 Candler Dr.,
Savannah, GA 31405
912-819-5704

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11705 Mercy Blvd.,
Savannah, GA 31419
912-819-4100

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5353 Reynolds St.,
Savannah, GA 31405
912-819-6000