Major cancer centers offer a comprehensive team-based approach to treating your lung cancer. The team includes a surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, pathologist and radiologist, as well as other specialists. All of these doctors convene to form a tumor board where they discuss your case, often and in depth. These meetings assure that everyone is on the same page, and allow your team to monitor the results in real time and tweak or refine your treatment when needed. The National Cancer Institute provides a list of all cancer centers in the United States.
This is not to say that every cancer should be treated in a major cancer center. Such centers are typically recommended when a cancer is rare, complex or extremely aggressive.Read More