Jodi Dozier, a longtime smoker, went to see her physician for an annual physical. Dr. Nanette Gormley ordered a chest-X-ray, which showed a nodule on Jodi’s lung that required further testing. She chose to go to Silver Cross Hospital for the CT Lung Scan since it was close to her Orland Park home. While Jodi was checking in for her test, she noticed a flyer for a new Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference where she could have several cancer experts on staff at Silver Cross review her medical information and provide a consensus recommendation on a plan of care all in the same day and at no charge. She tucked it in her handbag—just in case!
Jodi’s CT Scan looked suspicious so her physician ordered a needle biopsy at Silver Cross. On June 10, Dr. Gormley informed Jodi that she had lung cancer. A tumor the size of a tennis ball was sitting in the upper lobe of Jodi’s right lung. Jodi immediately pulled out the flyer about the Lung Cancer Conference and showed it to Dr. Gormley who suggested she schedule an appointment. Jodi called (815) 300-LUNG, explained that she had just been diagnosed with lung cancer, and was told Dr. Lawrence Schilder, medical director of hematology/oncology with The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, could meet with her at 10 a.m.
Dr. Schilder discussed Jodi’s case with the other cancer experts participating in the Conference including a pulmonologist, interventional radiologist, radiation oncologist and thoracic surgeon.
“The multidisciplinary lung conference provides the opportunity for us to confer weekly with doctors in other specialties, and facilitates the delivery of state-of-the-art lung cancer treatment,” said Dr. Schilder. “This approach will increase the chance that Jodi will be cured of her cancer, because coordinated care leads to better results.”
They recommended that Jodi have a PET Scan and MRI the following week to determine the best course of treatment. The next day, Jodi saw Dr. David Cziperle, a thoracic surgeon, who initially was not convinced that she would be a good candidate for surgery because of how her lungs appeared on the images. After meeting Jodi, a physically fit 60-year old that had no trouble breathing, and further consultation with Dr. Schilder, the three agreed that Jodi should move forward with the procedure to remove the tumor.
Jodi talks with The Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference physicians.
Jodi had surgery on June 30 at Silver Cross Hospital—less than three weeks after being diagnosed. Dr. Cziperle removed the tumor and also several lymph nodes to make sure the cancer had not spread. Jodi went home after four days in the hospital. Following a month of recuperation at home, she will begin a preventative round of chemotherapy under Dr. Schilder’s care at the end of August. Jodi also quit smoking.
“Jodi’s course is an example of what we passionately strive to achieve everyday in the treatment of lung cancer,” said Dr. Cziperle. “ Customized, expeditious, state-of-the-art lung cancer management is the goal of the Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference at Silver Cross Hospital.”
“I am so blessed to have been part of the Lung Cancer Conference,” said Jodi. “I never had to wait long for anything—appointments, tests, or results. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the care I received from all the doctors and nurses, and it was so convenient that I could go to Silver Cross for everything. I am just so grateful.”
If you or a loved one could benefit from Silver Cross Hospital’s Multi-Disciplinary Lung Cancer Conference, call (815) 300-LUNG. Every effort will be made to see patients within a week in order to expedite care.
Jodi Dozier, a longtime smoker, went to see her physician for an annual physical.