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Lung Nodule Clinic

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The Lung Nodule Clinic of the LungCARE Center at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances provides innovative pulmonary programs that utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach with emphasis on patient-centered care.

The clinic aims toward the early detection and treatment of lung nodules and thoracic malignancies through reducing delays in the evaluation and treatment of patients.

Patients referred to the Lung Nodule Clinic can expect to receive an appointment with Trinity Clinic Pulmonary Medicine as early as within 48 hours of the request. The Lung Nodule Clinic initiates standardized follow-up and treatment pathways specific to the current disease process of each patient.

Sophisticated care

The Lung Nodule Clinic offers early detection, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease and disorders using the most advanced screening and treatment options.

The program utilizes low-dose chest computerized tomography (CT) screening and follow-up pathways recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The low-dose CT screen offers less than one-fourth of the radiation doses of standard CT screens. Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery specializes in minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) that offers fewer complications and shorter recovery time than traditional thoracic surgery techniques.

The experts at Trinity Clinic Pulmonary Medicine and Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery work closely together with radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to assess each patient’s condition to determine the most suitable treatment plan.

Diagnostic and treatment services

  • Advanced therapeutic bronchoscopy
  • Cardiopulmonary stress testing
  • Chest X-rays (CXR)
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • CT-guided needle biopsy
  • Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB)
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • Flexible and rigid bronchoscopy
  • Low-dose lung screening CT
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scans
  • Pulmonary function testing (PFT)
  • Rapid on-site cytolologic evaluation
  • Six-minute walk test (6MWT)
  • Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)

Recommended criteria for low-dose CT lung screening

  1. Age 55-74 years old with > 30 pack year history of smoking and has quick smoking < 15 years
  2. Age > 50 years with a > 20 pack year history of smoking and one additional risk factor from the following:
  • History of cancer
  • Family history of lung cancer
  • Lung disease (COPD or pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Occupational exposure
  • Radon exposure

Benefits for patients and referring physicians

  • National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLCST) demonstrates a 20% survival benefit through using low-dose screening CT
  • Early detection of potential malignancies, with prompt treatment, improves prognosis and recovery
  • Comprehensive assessment of patients and review of testing by our multi-disciplinary team of specialists during outpatient visits
    Multi-disciplinary consensus, patient-specific treatment plan communicated to the patient and referring physician
  • Patients receive advanced medical and minimally-invasive surgical treatment options
  • Minimally-invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) offers fewer complications and quicker recovery time
  • Referring physicians may obtain access to their patients’ medical records through ConnectCARE, the advanced electronic medical record system of Trinity Mother Frances
  • The MYchart feature of the electronic medical record allows patients access to schedule appointments and view their lab and imaging results, as well as other healthcare information
  • Procedures are performed at the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances
  • Nurse Navigator Program – a dedicated nurse coordinates patient care and assists with all aspects of the treatment plan, from physician referrals and patient-requested appointments to patient education and communication
  • Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances is a 2014 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital
  • LPOHH is the only hospital in the region, and one of only three hospitals in Texas, to make the Truven list

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Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call (903) 606-LUNG, or fill out our online form.

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