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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team

A diagnosis of lung cancer can be overwhelming, for both patients and their families. At Memorial Hermann, we understand patients want the best care, as effortlessly as possible. That’s why our multidisciplinary team of lung cancer specialists takes a patient-centered approach to lung cancer care. Dedicated Lung Cancer Specialists “Treating lung cancer requires the expertise of multiple specialists,” says medical oncologist Syed Jafri, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealthwho is affiliatedwithMemorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. “The Memorial Hermann lung cancer multidisciplinary team of specialists is dedicated to the treatment of lung cancer.” The team works together to: • Design a treatment plan that is unique to each patient • Enable patients to make informed decisions about their care • Coordinate each patient’s care, including scheduling appointments and testing • Expedite treatment • Provide access to clinical trials • Provide access to f inancial counseling, genetic counseling, survivorship and community resources, and other support services A Better Patient Experience UTHealth radiation oncologist Angel Blanco, MD, clinical

associate professor and director of radiation oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery at McGovern Medical School, says the multidisciplinary approach yields a better patient experience. “By having all of their services coordinated for them by our Oncology Nurse Navigator, patients can often come in and be seen by multiple specialists in one visit. Not only is this convenient for patients, it can also expedite their care, which is important, as lung cancer must be treated with urgency.” Minimally Invasive Surgical Options “If surgery is required, most patients with early stage lung cancer are not going to require an open procedure,” says thoracic surgeon Philip Rascoe, MD, an associate professor at McGovern Medical School who is aff iliated with Memorial Hermann-TMC and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. “We are performing video-assisted and robotic-assisted surgeries for our early stage lung cancer patients, which may yield shorter hospital stays, shorter time to recover at home, smaller scars and a lower UTHealth radiation oncologist Mark Amsbaugh, MD, clinical assistant professor at McGovern Medical School and medical director of radiation oncology at Memorial Hermann-TMC, believes that the program is a great step forward in the care of patients with lung cancer at Memorial Hermann. “By seamlessly integrating technology, expertise, research and passion in a patient-centered setting, we’re caring for the whole person, employing the most advanced treatments available. We’re putting the patient first and at the center.” likelihood of requiring blood transfusions.” Putting the Patient First and Center

Angel Blanco, MD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Syed Jafri, MD Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Mark Amsbaugh, MD Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Priscilla Rodriguez, RN Oncology Nurse Navigator

Philip Rascoe, MD Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

To learn more about the Memorial Hermann Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Program, call Memorial Hermann-TMC Oncology Nurse Navigator Priscilla Rodriguez, RN, at 713.704.9542.

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