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A PUBLICATION FOR COMMUNITY PHYSICIANS SUMMER 2014 Interdisciplinary approach to lung cancer treatment Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center introduces the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO TREATMENT BY MEGHANN FINN SEPULVEDA L ung cancer patients can benefit from Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert’s new Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program, a unique collaboration between a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists, who work together to create a more effective, consistent and safer approach to treatment, which results in improved aoutcomes. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women. INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICINE Under the care of dedicated physicians at Banner MD Anderson’s Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program — which includes a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, thoracic surgeon, pathologist and pulmonologist — this is far from a fragmented approach to care. “The medical team meets once a week to review the complexities of each patient and align strategies to determine the treatment plan,” says Klaus Wagner, M.D., PhD, medical oncologist, Banner MD Anderson. “We care for each patient on an individualized basis to maximize outcomes.” And it’s all done under one roof. “It’s very nice to have all my tests, blood work and scans right there,” says Banner MD Anderson patient Aldean Arias, 72, of Mesa. “It’s very convenient.” Lung cancer patients no longer need to worry about traveling between appointments and can avoid miscommunication between their team of physicians. Test results are viewed faster, leaving less room for error. When it comes to lung cancer, staging and molecular test results determine prognosis. Pathologists perform molecular testing to see what makes the cancer tick on all Stage IV patients. “We consider patients with Stage I, II or III potentially curable,” Wagner says. “Typically Stage IV patients with defined driver mutations do well on oral drugs and can beat the average survival rate of 10-12 months.” For Stage IV patients with few metastases, treatment goes beyond the traditional methods and could involve consolidation radiation or surgery, in combination with induction chemotherapy or oral agents, which can increase the outcomes while providing symptom control. “I am currently not undergoing any treatment following a year of chemotherapy and radiation,” Arias says. Arias is a Stage IV lung cancer patient. “I am fully aware of what my outcome will be, but today I feel good.” Arias receives a CT scan every three to four months. Her last scan in December was clear. INSIDE 3 Integrated oncology 6 Radium-based therapy 4 Radiation oncology 7 The brachytherapy alternative 8 Banner MD Anderson physicians

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