Whether you are a patient recently diagnosed with lung cancer and seeking education, support or treatment options, a heavy smoker in need of screening or someone diagnosed with a pulmonary nodule the Lung Care Clinic at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center can provide you the support and expertise you need.
A Care Coordinator helps EVERY patient navigate through our Lung Care Clinic, getting you to the right specialist and support team member to assure your care is efficient, personalized and meets your expectations.
Your initial consultation at the Lung Care Clinic
- A Care Coordinator will meet with you to review your reason for your visit, your personal health history, family history and current medications.
- A pulmonologist, a doctor that specializes in conditions of the lungs, will review your medical records, including x-rays and labs, perform a medical examination and fully discuss with you and your care team the diagnosis and recommendations for further testing or treatment. The pulmonologist will also identify additional providers that will be consulted as your diagnosis is being made and your treatment plan is developed.
- Your Care Coordinator will review all the information the pulmonologist provided to you. If additional testing is required these will be scheduled for you as well as a return appointment to discuss these results and establish a definitive treatment plan.
Click here to access our Patient Health History and Information Form (PDF) to complete and bring with you to your visit.
Additionally please bring:
- A photo ID, insurance and prescription cards
- Complete list of medications you are currently taking including vitamins, supplements and other over-the-counter medications
Lung Cancer Screening and Pulmonary Nodules
The National Lung Screening Trial, conducted by the National Cancer Institute, showed that low-dose CT screening completed annually on high-risk individuals decreased the number of deaths due to lung cancer by 20 percent.
Pulmonary nodules are not uncommon since our lungs are exposed to the outside environment thru our breathing. The nodule may never change, grow larger or develop into lung cancer. Most nodules do not develop into cancer but because of the possibility, people with nodules should be screened on a regular basis, following national guidelines. Lung cancer screening is effective for diagnosing lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. Early diagnosis means more effective treatment and a better prognosis for long term survival.
For more information on this program click here go to UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Hospital Lung Check. To find out if you qualify for the Lung Check program, call (319) 558-4876 to speak to a Care Coordinator or send us an email.
No one wants to hear those words, “You have cancer.” If you are diagnosed with lung cancer getting immediate, expert, coordinated care that is individualized is key to the best outcome.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed or are seeking a second opinion, the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center Lung Care Clinic offers a team of lung cancer experts who will review your diagnosis and personal history and together, with you, create a comprehensive treatment plan.
For more information on services offered through the Lung Care Clinic or to schedule an appointment call (319) 558-4876.
“In lung cancer, early detection saves lives,” said Dr. J. David Cowden, Respiratory Critical Care Iowa. “The Lung Care Clinic further coordinates the efficient delivery of expert cancer care to each individual, thus setting the mark of excellence for improved outcomes across all measures.”
“Modern lung cancer diagnosis and treatment requires a collaborative, multimodal, and evidence-based approach to optimize patient survival and quality of life and at the lung cancer clinic we work together to provide this personalized care to every patient. A team approach provides you the best possible outcome.” – Bharat Jenigiri, Oncologist, Physician’s Clinic of Iowa