Meet Our Nurse Navigator
Angela Nicholson, RN, is our Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator. She works with patients being screened for lung cancer, as well as those diagnosed with lung cancer. Angela coordinates care around our patients’ needs and provides support to our patients and their families. Angela is not new to Sacred Heart. Prior to this position, she was employed as the Cardiothoracic Surgery Charge Nurse at SHHP. She has been a Sacred Heart associate since March 2007.
Lung Cancer Screening
When caught early, lung cancer is highly treatable. New studies have shown that low-dose CT screening for high-risk individuals can result in a 20% increase in survival from lung cancer.
CT lung screenings use an x-ray generating device that rotates around your body and a powerful computer to create cross-sectional images of the inside of your lungs. The scan helps find cancerous nodules early, often before the disease has spread beyond the lungs. The test is painless and non-invasive. Find out more.
Minimally Invasive Lung Imaging: Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)™
We are pleased to offer a minimally-invasive option for patients who have a lesion on their lung that is hard to reach or cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure. The i•Logic™ System uses Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB)™ and your natural airways to provide a minimally invasive pathway to peripheral lung nodules. The i•Logic System enables physicians to locate, test, and plan treatment for lung nodules and lymph nodes difficult to access with traditional bronchoscopy. Learn more about ENB here and watch the video below for real patient and physician experiences.
We provide an ultrasound imaging procedure that allows its pulmonary specialists to diagnose lung tumors and determine the stage of lung cancer with ease and precision. An ultrasonic bronchoscope allows doctors to view the patient's lungs, lymph nodes and surrounding areas after a tube has been inserted into the large airways leading to the lungs. If abnormal areas are seen, the physician will take a sample of tissue with a small needle and the sample is sent to a lab to look for the presence of cancer.
The endobronchial ultrasound system, known as EBUS, makes lung biopsy procedures safer and more accurate. In some cases, the procedure may give doctors the information they need to stage a cancer without having to have patients undergo more invasive, more costly procedures.
Robotic surgery offers surgeons greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, an enhanced view and improved access to the surgical site, as compared to traditional procedures. Benefits experienced by patients may include less pain and blood loss, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries. Read more about robotic surgery at Sacred Heart.
Meet Katie, a robotic surgery patient, and hear her story successful surgery and recovery:
Cancer Tumor Board
Our physicians meet together weekly to discuss patient care. They review radiology exams, pathology results and determine the best treatment based on national standards of care.
Cancer Support Group
- 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2pm, 3rd floor conference room at Airport Cancer Center
- 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2pm, 3rd floor conference room at Airport Cancer Center
Social Work Services
We realize a diagnosis of cancer can be very stressful. We provide social workers who can help you through this time as well as provide referral to support services in our community. For more information, call (850) 416-2770.
Chemotherapy Orientation Class
This class provides an overview of what to expect during treatment and the various side effects associated with treatment. We want you and your family to be active participants in your treatments. Your doctors and nurses will also always be available to answer your questions.
- When: Every Tuesday at 2pm and every Thursday at 10am
- Where: Sacred Heart Cancer Center at Airport- 3rd Floor, Conference Room A
Sacred Heart Hospital's Cancer Center is currently participating in a number of research studies, also known as clinical trials. Clinical trials test new treatments for cancer through research studies using a limited number of patients.
American Cancer Society Gift Closet
The ACS gift closet is available in the Patient Services area on the first floor of the Cancer Center. Trained volunteers are always present to assist patients in this area. The American Cancer Society provides new wigs, both human and synthetic hair, for our patients. Donations of new hats and various types of turbans are accepted from many members of area churches and also from employees of Sacred Heart Health System. All patients in the Pensacola area may visit the “closet” and choose a new wig and a few hats or turbans to assist them along their cancer journey.
Education Resource Room
The education resource area is located on the first floor of the Cancer Center. It contains free brochures, books and information on cancer and cancer related topics. The resource area is open to cancer patients, their family members and friends. A computer with complimentary internet access is also available for use. If specific educational materials are needed and cannot be found, please call Linda Wall RN at 416-2769 for assistance.
Sacred Heart’s Rehabilitation Services are there for you when you need it most to help you overcome a variety of illnesses and injuries that may be holding you back in life.