Tuesday, March 14, 2017
– For 22 years I have had the privilege and pleasure of performing Thoracic surgery on some of the most kind, courageous and forgiving people you could ever meet. The responsibility of holding someone’s life in your hands is a sacred privilege and I thank God everyday for giving me the abilities to help people. Surgical procedures and technology have changed greatly over time but the importance of quality of life, the physician/patient relationship and the pursuit of good outcomes and patient satisfaction has always remained my utmost focus. – I believe the art of medicine now involves the humanizing and personalization of the latest technology in order to care for our patients. But as medicine has gotten better and smarter so has our patients and their desire to understand what is about to happen to them. It has become obvious to me that the better educated patient makes the best decisions for themselves and can actually improve their own outcome by working with their physician in the pre-op and post-op state.
– When I asked my medical assistant Michelle what questions do the patients ask most, she stated many of the things I already reviewed in detail with them during my pre-op consult visit. It seems that when the words “lung nodule, spot on the lung, shadow on your Xray or possible lung cancer” are spoken you may still hear……. but you don’t remember much for obvious reasons. Many questions that needed to be asked are forgotten. Pertinent information is given and heard but unfortunately forgotten as you try to plan out your life.
– When I want to learn about how to upgrade the ram on my computer or which pop up camper to buy I go online. But I have yet to find a site that directly deals with lung cancer evaluation and treatment from a hands on patient perspective……..Until now.
– My goal here is to explain, teach and involve any thoracic surgical patient in as many aspects of their potential diagnostic and therapeutic processes as possible. Your doctors will gladly captain the ship but you need to help navigate the precious cargo through very treacherous waters. I feel this increased level of medical understanding for the patients and their families will foster better comprehension of their disease process and increase awareness of the effects of surgery and possible complications. Expanded knowledge hopefully will elicit pertinent patient questions which can help alleviate fear and put them in a more positive state of mind.
I believe if we can empower patients to make the best informed decisions, improve their post-operative/ home care recover and be an participating member of their own “Healthcare Team” then together we deliver the best possible outcome.
– As Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– So get educated and “Carpe Pulmo“…….Seize your lung- Seize your life!
Curtis C. Quinn, MD
– This site is dedicated to Claire Sylvia Quinn (1928-2011 the best mother a son could ever have and a brave fallen soldier in the war against cancer).