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Five Ways to Improve Communication with Your Medical Team

Patients and their medical team form a tight bond as they work to treat lung cancer together. However, communication isn’t always perfect.

LUNGevity Foundation spoke to Lecia Sequist, MD, and nurse practitioner Elizabeth Krueger, MSN, at Massachusetts General Hospital to find tips for improving communications with your medical team.

Pulmonologists: Trusted Guides on the Lung Cancer Journey

Anil Vachani, MD, a member of LUNGevity’s Scientific Advisory Board, routinely sees patients who are suspected of having lung cancer. As a pulmonologist, or lung disease specialist, in the thoracic oncology program at the University of Pennsylvania, he is often the first doctor his patients see after an abnormality has been detected on their lung CT scan or X-ray.

Pulmonary Rehab for Lung Cancer

Some people with lung cancer have reduced lung function from their cancer or their treatments, like surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. People with diminished lung functional capacity or shortness of breath may find pulmonary rehabilitation, a medical program that helps manage breathing, to be a helpful part of their palliative care.

Dr. Patricia Fogelman, DNP, a palliative care provider, talked to us to help us learn more about pulmonary rehab and its benefits.

Meet Your Medical Team: Registered Dietician

Angie Lord, RD, RYT-200, is the oncology dietitian at the Inova Alexandria Hospital location of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She has been a dietitian for over 15 years in community, acute and outpatient settings around the country. In her current role, she helps cancer patients undergoing radiation meet their nutritional needs during cancer treatment and survivorship. She is also a Yoga 4 Cancer trained yoga instructor and promotes yoga as self-care for patients and caregivers.


In a few sentences, can you explain the role of a dietician?

Meet Your Medical Team: Thoracic Surgeons

Dr. Donington is Professor and Chief of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery at University of Chicago Medicine. Her clinical and interests focus on the early diagnosis and treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. Areas of expertise include the use of multimodality therapy for thoracic malignancies, treatment options for high risk patients with early stage lung cancer and lung cancer in women. She is the surgical chair for the thoracic oncology section of NRG Oncology Group.

Meet Your Medical Team: Radiation Oncologists

Kristin Higgins, MD  is an Associate Professor within the Emory School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Radiation Oncolo-gy at the main campus location.  She specializes in the treatment of lung and head and neck cancers.  She leads numerous Winship Clinical Trials that examine innovative treatment approaches in the treatment of lung cancer.  Kristin completed residency in Radiation Oncology at Duke University, as well as an internship in internal medicine and attended medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.


Meet Your Medical Team: Social Workers

Erin Charla Peterson, LCSW, is Senior Social Work Counselor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.   She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides counseling and other supportive services to lung cancer patients within the Thoracic Medical Oncology and Thoracic Surgery Clinics.


In a few sentences, can you explain the role of a social worker?

Meet Your Medical Team: Pulmonologists

Brett Bade, MD, is a pulmonologist at Yale University and the West Haven Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  He has board certifications in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, and Critical Care, and he specializes in the care of patients with chronic lung disease and lung cancer.  Dr. Bade's research focuses are to better understand quality of life impairments for patients with lung cancer and implementation of techniques to relieve their symptoms.

In a few sentences, can you explain the role of a pulmonologist?