Lung Multidisciplinary Team

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Multidisciplinary Care Team (MDC) is to develop and implement patient-centered processes, clinical procedures and ongoing monitoring activities aimed at ensuring the highest quality diagnostic and therapeutic care in the lung cancer patient.

MISSION: In conjunction with the cancer center’s overall mission, the Lung Cancer MDC will strive to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with lung cancer.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To establish clinical practices across all specialties that are consistent and in compliance with NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines.
  • To develop patient process mapping aimed at ensuring the most effective and cooperative use of multidisciplinary time and resources in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer patients.
  • To develop a navigation process that creates a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer across multiple physician specialties and hospital-based services.
  • To determine the current utilization of cancer center services for patients diagnosed with lung cancer within the identified service market and create strategies to increase service utilization.
  • To coordinate and monitor all lung cancer screening programs to ensure optimal community utilization and outcomes.
  • To establish and monitor quality and performance indicators associated with the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer patients to ensure the effectiveness of programmatic outcomes.
  • To identify and implement clinical trial research specific to the lung cancer patient population.

PHYSICIAN MEMBERS:                                            

  • Cardo Thoracic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Radiology
 

SUPPORT MEMBERS:
  • Administration
  • Dietician
  • Early Detection/Education
  • Infusion Servcies
  • Inpatient Oncology 
  • Patient Navigator
  • Radiation Therapist
 
  • Radiology 
  • Research 
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Tumor Registry


MEETINGS: 
The MDC will meet six times per year on odd-numbered months at a consistent time and date that is agreed upon by physician members.  The meeting will be held in the second floor conference room at the St. Tammany Cancer Center.

LEADERSHIP:

  • The MDC Chair is the physician responsible for directing the team and coordinating the clinical practices associated with the lung cancer program.
  • The MDC Coordinator provides ongoing administrative, operational and organizational assistance to the MDC Chair. 

CASE STUDIES: Approximately one-half of the team meeting will be dedicated to the presentation Case Studies dealing specifically to lung cancer.  It is anticipated that CME credits will be provided.

CARE CONTINUUM REPORTING: The MDC will establish a Quality Dashboard aimed at defining internal clinical and operational goals based upon established guidelines and team expectations.  Dashboard measures will include, but are not limited to:

  • Program growth and case volumes
  • Clinical trial volumes
  • Patient navigation utilization volumes
  • Mortality rates
  • Case presentations (Tumor Board and MDC)
  • Stage of diagnosis percentages
  • Screening and prevention utilization and effectiveness
  • Other specific clinical indicators.