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Our patients benefit from a network of lung cancer care services throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
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Wherever and whenever a lung nodule is found, our experts offer the most coordinated and efficient care possible.
The experts at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®'s Lung Program help address the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of those with lung cancer and their families.
Your care team
Our team of experienced health care professionals works together to ensure the best care possible for lung cancer patients.
They participate in monthly treatment planning conferences to review recent cases. This helps improve the consistency and quality of care.
Jody Eifert, BSN, RN, OCN
Members of your care team also include a clinical research nurse; clinical social worker; physical and occupational therapist; and respiratory therapist.
Lung Cancer Screening Program
The Lung Cancer Screening Program is a collaboration between the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Consulting Radiologists. This program uses most advanced, state-of-the-art technology to find even the smallest lung abnormalities. Doctors from the Lung Program review the scan results and send you a letter with recommendations if needed.
The most current diagnostic and treatment equipment and procedures are available to the Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
These include spiral CT scans, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and video-assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS). VATS allows for a less invasive procedure than traditional thoracotomy, leading to a faster recovery and the ability to begin other treatments sooner. Additional technology includes SABR – stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for lung cancer (high dose/short course) and Rapid Arc (VMAT) treatment that provides IMRT in single or multiple arc therapy, reducing treatment daily session time by over half.
Source: Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®; Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th edition
Reviewed by: Michael Bowen, MD, medical director, Lung Program at the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® - Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 02/08/2010
Last Reviewed: 05/14/2013