• Do you have a Tumor Board, or MDT team, or a group of doctors that make up all the specialties that will treat you?

    Asked by NeckCancer on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    Do you have a Tumor Board, or MDT team, or a group of doctors that make up all the specialties that will treat you?

    I was told that my oncologist met with the "tumor board". I asked what that was, she explained that it's a group of different oncologists and someone from each department that we will be seeing throughout our treatments. Sounds like a good idea to me, I just have never heard of it. Has anyone else heard of these?

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and I have attended quite a few of them. There is a website that is free to join called OR live. It is a site where you can see first hand any surgery or any other techniques like CAR-T cell therapy. They always have tumor board presentations. Tumor boards are great because your case is presented to a host of oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and internal medicine docs who offer their opinions and provide other therapy options to the presenter. Yes students who are studying the field of hematology oncology present cases for assignments. They are a great learning tool... I really enjoyed them... And still do.

      4 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      My oncology office told me they had reviewed my case. I thought it was a good idea.

      4 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      My hospital had four or five gynecologist oncologists who met regularly to discuss their patient cases and come to a consensus in regard to treatments going forward. I felt as if I was receiving a second, third and fourth opinion regarding my medical care. I do not remember my gyn/ onc calling it a tumor board as such though.

      4 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      They developed standards for tumor boards in the 1930s. They didn't have a lot of specialties, but these doctors wanted the best outcome for the patient-and they did have tumor specialists back then.

      I live in a western city the size of St. Louis. One of the cancer center Hematologists that I was assigned to called a tumor board. One has to make sure that doctors attend and the records are there-just like in the 1930s. you know the doctors taking care of you will be there, but you don't know who the other doctors are. A Tumor Board has several types on oncologists that include radiology, hematologist, ENT, GYN- Surgeon or whatever and wherever your cancer dictates.

      4 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      My Stage IV rectal cancer was presented to the tumor board after I had 5 cycles of chemo and my scan. The scan showed shrinkage of the tumor, and the tumor board laid out a subsequent treatment plan for me that included two types of radiation to prepare me for surgery. I have been NED for four years so the board and their recommendations helped save my life.

      4 months ago
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      WhatNextEmails Questions Emailed to WhatNext

      I was told that my facility had a group of doctors that would consult on all of the cancer cases.

      4 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar
      lh25

      Yep, my case was presented to the tumor board at the hospital where I was treated. It was reassuring to know other doctors had reviewed and agreed with our plan of care.

      4 months ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar
      Dkatsmeow

      Yes I have a ENT oncologist, a hematologist & a radiologist. They meet with other oncologists as a team to discuss & review treatment. I was seeing them every 3 months (1 a month). I am now at 6 month appts.

      4 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      Karmanos Cancer Institute has Multidisciplinary Teams and Tumor Boards. My next door neighbor, who has been receiving treatment for a cancer of unknown primary origin for 5 years recently has his case reviewed by a Karmanos Tumor Board. When he and his wife were invited to an appointment at Karmanos' main location in Detroit to learn the results, they thought they were at the end of the treatment road and that participation in a clinical trial would be recommended. To their delight, they learned that the Tumor Board was concurring with his local Karmanos oncologist in recommending a new chemotherapy regimen. That was an incredible uplift for them. After 5 years of whack a mole treatments, my neighbor is still going strong and enjoying a great quality of life.

      4 months ago

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