Efficient and expeditious multidisciplinary care of patients is a distinctive strength at Allegheny General Hospital. This process is operational for all disease sites. Multidisciplinary clinics have been established in prostate cancer, lung cancer, head and neck cancer which provide a unique experience for resident education.
The Prostatic Cancer Clinic has been formulated into the Prostate Center at Allegheny General Hospital, which is a multidisciplinary patient oriented experience that is unique to Allegheny General Hospital. Patients are evaluated in a unique setting with urologists, radiation oncologists and specialty nurses and are given the opportunity to discuss their treatment options in a group setting as well as an individual setting. Feedback from this approach has been tremendous and provides for an excellent educational and therapeutic experience. The Department of Radiation Oncology and the Department of Urology at Allegheny General Hospital have one of the most advanced brachytherapy programs in the United States. Residents in training will participate in over 120 interstitial prostate implants per year.
The Allegheny General Hospital Lung Center provides comprehensive care for patients with lung cancer. This center brings together thoracic surgical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, basic scientists, data managers, computer specialists, statisticians, respiratory therapists, specialty nurses and social workers in one location allowing for more comprehensive and expeditious care of patients.
New head and neck cancer patients are jointly evaluated by Head and Neck Surgeons and Radiation Oncologists. While undergoing radiation therapy the patients are jointly examined, and their progress is reviewed on a weekly basis.