Lung Foundation Australia News – New Lung Cancer Resources Launched
Two new, complementary national resources for lung cancer have been launched as part of the National Lung Cancer Program – the first national directory of dedicated lung cancer MDTs and the Lung Cancer Patient Pathway.
The Lung Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) Directory
The Lung Cancer MDT Directory is the first national directory of its kind and has been developed as a service for clinicians, patients and consumers. It is intended to facilitate referrals of patients to hospitals delivering MDT-based lung cancer management. The MDT Directory allows users to search by location or browse by state; lists the available MDTs; and provides details about each MDT’s diagnostic and treatment modalities, team composition and referral pathway. Contact Claire Mulvihill, Lung Cancer Support Nurse for more information.
Lung Cancer Patient Pathway (LCPP)
The LCPP is a tool for use with patients, ideally to be introduced at the time of diagnosis, to assist in navigating them through understanding their diagnosis along with their proposed treatment plan.
There are two main components to the pathway:
- A visual representation, in the form of “stepping stones”, of the steps that are generally involved in a lung cancer journey, beginning with referral to a specialist;
- “Your lung cancer profile” is a section for clinical staff (or the patient) to record information about their individual situation.
The LCCP is available in hard copy (as a tear-off pad) and can be obtained by contacting Lung Foundation Australia via FREE CALL 1800 654 301 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
A complementary electronic version of the LCPP is also available on the Lung Foundation website and provides detailed information for each of the “stepping stones” in the LCPP with links to the Lung Foundation’s “Better Living with Lung Cancer” resource.