When you are referred to our diagnostic clinic, you will have a dedicated team that conducts thorough screenings and tests, enabling us to provide you with the most conclusive results. It is important to remember that being introduced to our multispecialty team (MST) does not automatically indicate a cancer diagnosis, but rather signifies an opportunity for a more comprehensive evaluation of your screenings and tests.
The primary goal of our diagnostic MST team is to provide comprehensive lung screening and tests. Our team works together to ensure an accurate and timely diagnosis, which is important for determining appropriate treatment options. The team assesses various aspects such as clinical symptoms, imaging results, and pathology findings to reach a conclusive diagnosis.
To rule out or confirm lung cancer, your MST diagnostic team may recommend additional tests or procedures to gather more information and make a diagnosis. These can include:
The choice of additional tests or biopsies depends on the specific characteristic of the suspected lung cancer, its location, and the patient’s overall health.
While everyone may have a different screening experience, regular communication with your providers is crucial throughout the screening process to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Your diagnostic multispecialty team will be made up of specialists in diagnostics and testing. These may include:
Pulmonologist Nurse Coordinator: The person who coordinates care for your diagnostic appointments.
Having the right questions to ask your provider can help you feel more prepared during your visits. We’ve put together some suggestions to help you get the conversation started with your MST:
How long will the tests take and are there any preparations I need to make beforehand?
How soon can I expect to receive the results of these tests, and how will I be notified?
What should I do while waiting for my test results and next steps?
Will I need to repeat any of these tests in the future?
Who can help me with support and resources are available to me if I need them during this process?
Remember, it is important to have open communication with your providers throughout the process, so don’t hesitate to ask any additional questions that come to mind.
The process and timing for MST referrals will vary depending on your individual circumstances. In general, you’ll be guided through the following steps:
Referral to MST diagnostic team: If the initial screening indicates a potential lung cancer, the patient is referred to the MST diagnostic team for further evaluation.
Comprehensive evaluation: The team performs a detailed assessment, which may include additional imaging tests, biopsies, and consultation among members to establish a diagnosis.
Your diagnostic MST team will also be able to help you with creating an individualized plan for smoking cessation.
Preventive lung cancer screenings can detect cancer early and increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.