The Comprehensive Thoracic Program provides high-quality multidisciplinary care for patients in the community. Tufts Medical Center (MC) interventional pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons work in partnership with multidisciplinary teams at Lowell General Hospital, Melrose Wakefield Hospital and the Tufts Medical Center (MC) Cancer Center in Stoneham to treat patients close to home. We are all members of the Wellforce health system, bringing together a dedicated team of specialists that also includes pathologists, radiologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists and rehabilitation specialists at each location.
Under the leadership of Dr. Laurence Brinckerhoff, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Tufts MC, this program is currently seeing patients in the Merrimack Valley who have been diagnosed with abnormal lung nodules identified by a Low Dose CT scan. For patients with a heavy smoking history, regular scans are recommended in an effort to catch lung cancer early, when it is most treatable. For many, the scan is covered by insurance. These patients get a local consult with a multidisciplinary team who can diagnose, stage and recommend treatment for their specific condition. The teams are developing plans to offer a full range of surgical options at all locations in the near future with a goal of keeping more complex cases in the community so patients can remain close to home.
“We’re bringing a team-oriented approach to this program. The great thing about Lowell is that team approach to a program is already there,” Dr. Brinckerhoff says. “Our goal is to keep most of the cases that can be done in Lowell here with really high quality and really good outcomes.”
Thoracic Program Care Team
The following physicians are seeing patients at Cancer Care Associates located on the 3rd floor of the Cancer Center at the Lowell General Hospital main campus. Appointments and referrals can be made by calling 978-937-6258 option #2.