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Multidisciplinary Care

Deaconess has focused on being a leader in the cancer health care community by implementing a Multidisciplinary Care approach with cancer patients. This approach is beneficial to increase the survival for patients by creating a shorter timeframe from diagnosis to treatment, increased access to information and treatment options, and improved satisfaction with treatment and care.  

What is Multidisciplinary Care?

The Multidisciplinary Cancer Care is another of the many reasons Deaconess is a leader in health care. Anyone diagnosed with cancer can participate in this clinic.  

Multidisciplinary cancer care can be generally defined as a combined team approach to health care in which medical and associated health care professionals consider all relevant treatment options and develop an individual treatment plan for each patient collaboratively.   

Why a Multidisciplinary Approach?

Cancer care is a complex situation that needs to be treated in a dynamic format. Due to the great number and array of healthcare providers who may be involved, there is a likelihood for poor coordination and/or poor communication of patient care.

Multidisciplinary cancer care has been recognized as a key enabler in the delivery of high-quality treatment and care for cancer patients. The overall goal is to improve communication, coordination and decision making between all health cancer care team members. 


The Multidisciplinary Care approach includes:
  • A team approach involving core disciplines, integral to providing quality care
  • Communication among team members and patients to stay connected regarding treatment planning
  • Access to the full therapeutic range for all patients
  • Provisions of quality care 
  • Involvement of patients throughout the process
This highly skilled group reviews a patient's diagnosis and other tests together with a focus of forming a comprehensive plan. Members of our Multidisciplinary Care team can include: 
  • Surgeons
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Certified Nurse Navigators
  • Physical Therapists
  • Other Expert Health Care Providers



Typically, seeing all of these clinicians could take several weeks, instead a patient is able to communicate with providers involved in their care with as little as a single appointment. The number of days from diagnosis to treatment is greatly reduced, lessening anxiety and inconvenience for patients and their families. Together, the care team and patients can determine the best individualized treatment options. 

The Multidisciplinary Cancer Care is another of the many reasons Deaconess is a leader in health care. Anyone diagnosed with cancer can participate in this clinic.  
 

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