Our Approach

Ask your primary care physician for a referral to the Kadlec Tri-Cities Cancer Center’s Thoracic Center of Excellence.

Thoracic Center of Excellence – providing the best approach to thoracic cancer treatment including lung cancer. Physicians specializing in the treatment of thoracic cancers including lung, esophagus, trachea, chest wall, pulmonary system and Mesothelioma, have joined the Kadlec Tri-Cities Cancer Center Medical Team to create a Thoracic Center of Excellence.

This program provides world-class care right here in our community. Patients who are referred to a provider within our Thoracic Center of Excellence will be provided with comprehensive care including:

  • A multidisciplinary approach to care
  • Nurse Navigation
  • Access to clinical trials
  • Adherence to national guidelines of care
  • Timely treatment and improved outcomes
  • Prevention, early detection and education

The standards required by this program ensure patients are receiving the highest level of cancer treatment available anywhere.

Patients enrolled in this program will have their case reviewed in a group setting by the following board-certified providers, with a special interest in thoracic oncology, before treatment begins: Surgeon(s), Pulmonologist(s), Radiation Oncologist(s), Medical Oncologist(s), Radiologist(s), Pathologist(s), Nurse Navigator(s), Genetic Counselor(s), Clinical Research Coordinator(s) & Psychosocial Support Professional(s).

For more information, please call our Nurse Navigator at (509) 737-3405.

Lung Screening Program

Our Lung Screening Program is a part of our Thoracic Center of Excellence.

Studies have shown that lung screening programs like ours find tumors early when they are much more likely to be cured. Eligibility Requirements:

  • Ages 55 - 77
  • Current smoker or quit within the last 15 years
  • Equivalent 30 pack-years*
  • No history of lung cancer

*pack-years = average number of cigarettes smoked per day multiplied by the number of years a person has smoked.

Each positive finding will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of physician specialists through our Thoracic Center of Excellence. Together this team will review images and make recommendations for your follow-up care. A key component of this program is participation in our Tobacco Cessation Class.

To expedite your participation in the lung screening program, please have your family physician provide you with a referral. Your physician can fax your referral to our office at: (509) 736-0958.

Quit Tobacco Program

Ever thought of quitting? Want some quick tips? Come to this 90 minute class to learn:

  • Why you use tobacco/Reasons to quit
  • Identify your triggers and how to beat them
  • How to use nicotine replacement products effectively
  • How to establish positive support/Tips on dealing with cravings

First time class participants will have the choice of nicotine replacement patches or nicotine gum (while supplies last). Classes and resources are FREE.

This class is offered monthly. For more information or reservations call (509) 737-3427 or visit our calendar to see when the next class is. (Please note, class is not currently meeting due to COVID.)

Combine our Quit Tobacco Class with our Lung Screening Program to help ensure your health and wellness for years to come.

For more information or reservations call: (509) 737-3427 or contact us.