PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Collaboration is an essential for advancing medicine.
Temple Health and Fox Chase Cancer Center recently began a collaboration aimed at pushing the survival envelope in lung cancer.
“Even in the metastatic setting, we are able to cure a few of our patients. But I think the percentages are way too low. And that’s unacceptable,” says Dr. Hossein Borghaei, chair of thoracic medical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center.
In his time at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Borghaei has seen many new drugs extend the lives for lung cancer patients.
And at the Temple Lung Center, Dr. Joseph Friedberg, chair of thoracic surgery, is developing new surgical techniques.
“Every patient is different, and it’s always a bit of a puzzle,” says Dr. Friedberg.
Now the two hospitals are using a new tactic – a joint tumor board – to advance lung cancer treatment.
Tumor boards are groups of doctors and other specialists who meet regularly.
“They all …