When it comes to cancer, a collaborative approach to diagnosis and treatment results in the best outcomes.
That’s why surgeons at University Surgical participate in interdisciplinary tumor boards (also called cancer conferences) to provide the most thorough and advanced care for people with cancer.
Cancer is complex, and it often requires multifaceted treatment recommendations. These recommendations are made based on a person’s medical and family history, current health, and treatment options and goals. Their situation presents a specific set of challenges in how they may respond to treatment. That’s why a thorough review and thoughtful discussion among physicians and other professionals mean you benefit from the expertise of not just one physician – but of an entire cancer-fighting team.
“Treating cancer is not always clear cut, and we come together to review and find a better understanding of each patient’s personal situation –it’s like every patient gets a free second opinion from multiple clinicians on their care plan,” says J. Daniel Stanley, M.D., general surgeon with University Surgical who specializes in colon and rectal surgery. “Because there are subtleties in every cancer and every person has a different set of health factors, we can adjust the standard guidelines to tailor a treatment plan for every individual.”
In a cancer conference, the primary physician will give a presentation on each patient and the initial diagnostic tests that are available. They also present specific circumstances like a person’s age, health history and other health conditions that might impact the way the cancer is treated. Various specialists will discuss the location of the tumor, how aggressive or non-aggressive the tumor may be and any peculiarities that may already be known.
This round table discussion brings together the expertise of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, social workers and other medical professions to discuss every aspect of a person’s cancer diagnosis. All this to determine an optimal treatment plan.
“The primary doctor ultimately takes responsibility for the recommendation he or she makes to their patient,” Dr. Stanley says. “And sometimes that means objectively presenting the advantages and disadvantages of several treatment plans and determining the best course of treatment together.”
Isn’t it good to know that so many minds come together to offer the highest quality care? Nearly all University Surgical surgeons play a role in cancer treatment and are dedicated to providing the most advanced care available. They work in step with other cancer treatment experts to support you every step of the way – from diagnosis to recovery.