Lung Cancer

Multidisciplinary Care

People with lung cancer may consult with multiple doctors, specialists and other health care professionals. Following are some of the professionals you may see:

  • Medical oncologists treat cancer with drug therapy and other medications.
  • Surgical oncologists have special training in performing biopsies and other surgical procedures in cancer patients.
  • Oncology nurses provide inpatient or outpatient care in a cancer treatment facility.
  • Pulmonologists are doctors who have special training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the lungs.
  • Thoracic surgeons operate in the chest.
  • Thoracic radiologists are experts at imaging the chest.
  • Respiratory therapists are health professionals trained to evaluate and treat people who have breathing problems or other lung disorders.
  • Radiation oncologists treat cancer using radiation therapy.
  • Palliative care specialists work to provide physical and emotional relief for cancer symptoms and treatment-related side effects.
  • Patient navigators/nurse navigators serve as guides through diagnosis, treatment and follow-up; they may also be a patient advocate, help identify barriers to treatment such as the need for transportation or help with copays and deductibles, and access resources to resolve such barriers. They commonly are involved with coordination throughout the continuum of care.
  • Rehabilitation specialists/physical therapists help restore movement and build physical strength after cancer treatment. 
  • Nutritionists/dietitians help meet nutritional challenges that arise during and after treatment.