Patients with lung nodules that need more testing or monitoring are candidates for the Multidisciplinary Lung Clinic. Because treatment of lung masses involves many different specialties, it is important to bring together expertise from multiple fields to provide the best possible treatment plan.

After initial diagnosis, a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists work together to provide care that meets each patient's needs. The team includes a dedicated thoracic surgeon, multiple medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonary specialists and a nurse navigator.

Instead of scheduling individual appointments with each specialist, the clinic brings all these specialists together to provide a more thorough and timely evaluation, treatment and follow up for each patient.

Nurse navigator

A patient with a suspicious finding or a new lung cancer diagnosis can often benefit from Tucson Medical Center’s Nurse Navigation Program. Services are offered at no cost to the patient. The program helps patients and their families with the many challenges that come with a lung cancer diagnosis. Our oncology nurse navigator is a registered nurse who can be a primary resource for lung cancer patients and the people who care for them.

The first point of contact with the nurse navigator is typically when a patient is newly diagnosed with lung cancer, often leaving patients and families feeling overwhelmed, hopeless and confused. The nurse navigator makes sure that patients and families have an advocate and a source of information and support. The navigator also educates patients about their diagnosis and treatment options and helps with the patient's physical and emotional needs throughout the entire continuum of care.

Services include:

The nurse navigator can help patients and their families during diagnosis and treatment by:

  • Establishing early contact and developing rapport with patients and families
  • Serving as a primary and easily accessible resource for patients with newly diagnosed or suspected lung cancer
  • Ensuring each patient has a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care
  • Assessing the patient's and family's level of understanding regarding the disease and providing necessary information about the disease, staging and treatment options
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to timely and appropriate diagnosis and treatment
  • Assisting patients in scheduling and coordinating staging studies, consultations and other referrals to optimize convenience and minimize delays to starting treatment
  • Connecting patients with appropriate health care and community resources
  • Prescreening patients for available clinical trials
  • Ensuring a seamless transition from the outpatient clinic to the hospital to the private offices of treating physicians
  • Maintaining accurate and timely communications among patients, consulting physicians and primary caregivers

For more information or to schedule a consultation with a nurse navigator, call (520) 324-5221 or email