August 12, 2016

New Lung Cancer Resources Help Health Professionals and Patients Find the Right Path

Directory assists health professionals in appropriate rapid referral

Lung Foundation Australia has recently developed the Lung Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Directory which is a first for clinicians, patients and consumers. MDTs use a collaborative team approach to care, providing access to multiple health professionals (e.g. lung cancer support nurse, medical oncologist and surgeon) throughout the disease trajectory of a lung cancer patient.

Australian guidelines highlight the need for rapid referral of patients with suspected or proven lung cancer to a specialist associated with an MDT; and that MDT care is the standard for all lung cancer patients. MDTs address all aspects of a lung cancer patient’s care, including their psychological and physical needs, and best practice standards in treatment plans. The MDT Directory facilitates referrals to hospitals delivering MDT-based lung cancer management, improving access and treatment for patients who present to their GP or clinician with symptoms of lung cancer.

The MDT directory is an online tool that allows users to search by location or state; lists the available MDTs; and provides details about each MDT’s diagnostic and treatment modalities, team composition and referral pathway.

Visit http://lungfoundation.com.au/mdt to view the directory. For more information email Claire Mulvihill, Lung Cancer Support Nurse, at lungmdt@lungfoundation.com.au or freecall 1800 654 301.

Your Pathway Through Lung Cancer Care

Lung Foundation Australia has developed Your Pathway Through Lung Cancer Care (Pathway), a resource for patients that shows them what to expect following a diagnosis of lung cancer. It helps them understand more about lung cancer and the evidence-based pathways throughout their lung cancer journey, represented as ‘stepping stones’. In the ‘Your lung cancer profile’ section clinical staff (or the patient) can record information about their individual situation.

The Pathway aims to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients by empowering them and their families with clear information about their diagnosis and what to expect as a result of their diagnosis so that they can be active participants in their treatment. It will facilitate dialogue with health professionals.

View the Pathyway online at http://lungfoundation.com.au/lungcare-full/, where further information is provided for each ‘stepping stone’ and then links to the Lung Foundation’s ‘Better Living with Lung Cancer’ resource. For more information, or for a printed copy contact Lung Foundation Australia on freecall 1800 654 301 or email enquiries@lungfoundation.com.au.