Pulmonary Nodules with cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Dixon

Pulmonary Nodules with cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Dixon


Lung cancer work up and treatment: Dr. Dixon , Cardiothoracic Surgeon

COAPP: Most Common Thoracic Surgeon Consults

Hosted By: COAPP (Central Oregon Advanced Practice Providers)
All local health professionals invited to attend. 

Provider Meet & Mingle from 5:30-6 followed by lecture 
Light Snacks graciously provided by Synergy Health & Wellness 

Speaker: Jennifer Dixon, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Dixon is affiliated with Oregon Health Science University Hospital and St Charles Health System Bend.

Presentation date: May 20, 2018

CME Credits: 2

Assessed Need: Lung cancer screening has demonstrated decreased risk of death when lung cancer is identified early. Often times incidental lung nodules are found in screening or in cross-sectional imaging obtained for another reason. This can be difficult to explain to patients and hard to know what needs to be done next. Often, patients have a suspicious nodule and it takes 3-4 months before they are referred to further evaluation and treatment. Many patients develop pleural effusions for reasons such as: pneumonia heart failure renal disease malignancy or idiopathic. These can be very difficult to manage and lead to the lung staying collapsed for a period of time. When this happens, the lung will not re-inflate after the fluid is drained again due to a fibrinous peal. This is called trapped lung. The only way to get this opened up again is with surgical scraping of the lung. This is avoidable if the pleural effusion is treated earlier.

There is a need to educate clinicians on appropriate screening guidelines and treatments for lung cancer screening lung nodules and pleural effusions. There should also be discussion non-operative management of empyema. Educate clinicians on some newer techniques for thoracic procedures that are now being done in Central Oregon, including video assisted procedures and minimally invasive biopsy techniques. This presentation is designed to facilitate a review of the most common general thoracic surgical problems that are seen throughout the medical community. We are currently rolling out a lung nodule clinic at both St. Charles and BMC medical groups. We will discuss what needs to be seen right away and when can you follow.

Learning Objectives:

1. Articulate lung cancer screening guidelines
2. Explain the work up for lung nodules and how to expedite oncological evaluation and get earlier treatment for patients
3. Describe pathophysiology pleural effusions and how it leads to the possibly avoidable trapped lung
4. Recognize some rare thoracic surgery syndromes in order to more quickly identify the syndromes and get appropriate treatment

Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical knowledge



Please note: COAPP members are free of cost with pre-registration ($10 at door if not pre-registered). There is a $15 pre-registration cost for non-members or $20 at door for non-members who did not pre-register. All local health care professionals are welcome to become members! Sign up on our website with Paypal : https://centraloregonadvancedpractice.org/member-sign-up/ 

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation prerequirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of St. Charles Health System and the Central Oregon Advanced Practice Providers (COAPP). St. Charles Health System is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Charles Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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