LAS VEGAS — Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) announced today the addition of a Pulmonary Division to its practice, adding to its multidisciplinary practice and offering more services to patients, especially those with lung and bronchus cancer – the leading cause of cancer deaths in Nevada. Beginning June 1, 2015, The Lung Center of Nevada will join as the new Pulmonary Division at CCCN and will consist of two nurse practitioners and five physicians.
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced approved Medicare coverage for lung cancer screening by low-dose CT, marking first time the government program will cover annual screenings. Under this new provision, CCCN will look to include low-dose CT and annual screenings for select lung cancer patients with the onset of the new Pulmonary Division.
According to Dr. James Sanchez, medical oncologist and practice president of CCCN, lung cancer is becoming much more treatable and often result in a long-term chronic illness, and the addition of a dedicated pulmonary division is part of CCCN’s continued effort to integrate more options for care and providing ease for patients.
“The Pulmonary Division at CCCN not only expands our scope of expertise but creates that much more of a seamless flow of care for our patients,” said Sanchez. “Our continuum of pulmonary care will also extend well beyond lung cancer patients, offering quality treatment options to patients with lung diseases and sleep disorders as well.”
In addition to lung cancer, the lung diseases and sleep disorders treated by CCCN’s new Pulmonary Division include asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic cough, nicotine dependence, snoring, insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea.
For more than 35 years, CCCN physicians have studied, tested new therapies for and treated patients with lung and bronchus cancer. During the past year, the practice has seen nearly 1,556 patients with lung cancer, nearly 411 of whom were newly diagnosed with the disease.
CCCN is the foremost leader in clinical trials specific to lung cancer, with 18 trials active and seven additional trials opening soon. CCCN regularly collaborates with nationally recognized cancer treatment centers or organizations including The US Oncology Network and UCLA.
The Lung Center of Nevada physicians joining CCCN are:
John (Jack) Collier, M.D., FCCP, DABSM
Dr. Jack Collier graduated from the New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine, Intensive Care and Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He has been in practice since 1995.
James Hsu, M.D., FCCP, DABSM
Dr. James Hsu graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals. His Pulmonary fellowship was completed at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He has been in practice since 1997.
George Tu, M.D., FCCP, DABSM
Dr. George Tu graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his internship and residency, as well as Pulmonary fellowship, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He has been in practice since 2000.
John Wojcik, M.D., FCCP, DABSM
Dr. John Wojcik is a graduate of The Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary fellowship at St. Luke’s Hospital Center. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He has been in practice since 1997.
Ralph Nietrzeba, M.D., FCCP, FACP
Dr. Ralph Nietrzeba graduated from the University of Washington Medical School. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, as well as his Pulmonary fellowship, at the University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine. He is a Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians. He has been in practice since 1982.
“The Lung Center of Nevada has provided quality pulmonary care to patients for more than 35 years. Our founders were the first pulmonologists to establish a practice in the valley and we are thrilled to bring this level of expertise to our new endeavor with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada,” said James Hsu, MD, The Lung Center of Nevada. “We look forward to joining and collaborating with CCCN’s highly-respected team, ultimately providing the best possible care to our patients for many more years to come.”
The Pulmonary Division at CCCN will be located at two existing locations at: 9280 West Sunset Road, Suite 312 in the Southern Hills Hospital Medical Office Building and 3150 North Tenaya Way, Suite 125 in the Mountain View Hospital Medical Office Building.
About Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) is an award-winning multidisciplinary oncology group comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery and clinical research, with 11 treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. This team of medical professionals offers sophisticated diagnostic tools, the latest advances in cancer treatment, a full range of innovative, exclusive services and research-based care in a supportive and caring environment.
CCCN is accredited by the American College of Radiology, certified by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative and affiliated with The US Oncology Network (www.usoncology.com), one of the nation’s largest networks of integrated community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high-quality, evidence-based cancer care. As an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, CCCN is united with nearly 1,000 physicians nationwide. The practice is also affiliated with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the field’s most respected authorities in cancer research and treatment. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has played a role in 53 FDA-approved cancer therapies, nearly one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.cccnevada.com, and follow the practice on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cccnevada and Twitter @CCCNevada.
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