The breast cancer multidisciplinary teams are playing an increasing role in the management of breast malignancies. These teams have a great potential to improve the patient care and the healthcare system; however, they are faced with many challenges. The multidisciplinary approach has become very crucial recently due to the ever-increasing complexity of medical knowledge and the huge wealth of information that is available to physicians, in addition to the complexity of the various medical procedures and interventions available for cancer care. The multidisciplinary tumor board plays a critical role in the whole spectrum of cancer management, including diagnosis, staging, treatment and palliative care.
Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Breast Cancer Surgeons, General Surgeons, Pathologists, Radiologists, Obstetricians, Gynecologists, Nurses, Social Workers, Mammographers, Pharmacists, Radiologic Technologists, Patient Care Facilitators and all other personnel involved in the care of the breast cancer patient.
- Implement an optimal course of treatment for breast cancer patients.
- Utilize multiple disciplinary approaches to diagnosis and treatment options, including radiological findings, pathological findings and immunohistochemical testing.
- Determine cancer staging using various breast imaging modalities.
- Promote a multidisciplinary team approach by bridging gaps across the continuum of care in order to enhance the overall quality of patient-centered breast cancer care.
Gladys Giron, M.D.
Baptist Health Breast Center
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Gladys Giron, M.D. has indicated that her husband is a consultant and member of the speakers’ bureau for Novadaq and Pacira, and that her discussion will not include mention of investigational or off-label usage. The core group of contributors has provided disclosures; complete disclosure statements will be included on the sign-in sheet for this activity.
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