Multidisciplinary Approach to Comprehensive Cancer Care
A multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive cancer care means that multiple cancer experts work together, sharing their expertise and opinions to provide high quality, precision treatment options and management of the individual patient’s needs. There is no additional charge to the patients or referring physicians for this service.
Deaconess Cancer Services has several multidisciplinary weekly care conferences including specific groups for breast, lung, and urologic cancers. Other disease types are also included in a separate conference.
Multidisciplinary care 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 spectrum of treatments and therapies for all patients, helping to ensure quality and comprehensive care
- Involvement of patients throughout the process
A highly skilled group reviews a patient's diagnosis and other test results together with a focus of forming a comprehensive plan. Members of our multidisciplinary care teams include:
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Genetic Counselor
- Certified Nurse Navigators
- Physical Therapists
- Other expert providers
Our physicians also have access to MD Anderson Cancer Network’s weekly care conference during which we can present our patients’ complex cases to some of world‘s leading cancer experts to ensure our patients are offered every treatment opportunity for difficult or aggressive tumors. The ease of the peer-to-peer consultations between our certified Deaconess physicians and the experts at MD Anderson Cancer Network meets our goal of providing the highest quality of comprehensive cancer care.
After each multidisciplinary care team meeting, the recommendations are discussed with patients and their families by the referring physician and/or primary care doctor. If/when needed, nurse navigators will assist with follow-up recommendations.