What does a Multidisciplinary Clinic offer the patient?
Our team of specialists work together closely to ensure that an individualized treatment strategy is employed for each and every patient that was recently diagnosed with a GI cancer. We review patient reports at the hospital’s multidisciplinary cancer conference in the presence of Gastroenterologists, Radiologists, and Pathologists. We then bring all that information and consensus opinion on management to the patient’s appointment, where the Surgeon, Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, and Supportive Care Services detail the treatment plan in one consolidated visit. This allows for a faster time to treatment initiation and is less burdensome on the patient overall.
This is a multidisciplinary team of expert physicians who have a dedicated interest in treating patients diagnosed with GI Cancers. The team is comprised of:
A Board Certified Physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer in adults using chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, targeted therapy, and supportive care. A medical oncologist coordinates a treatment plan with various other specialists and often functions as the main health care provider for a cancer patient.
- Colorectal Surgeons: A Colorectal Surgeon, formerly known as a proctologist, is a general surgeon who has undergone further training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus. Colon and rectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems.
- Surgical Oncologist: A surgeon board certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology is one who is board certified in General Surgery and has undergone specific training to acquire knowledge and skills related to the diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment, and rehabilitation required by patients with cancer. Surgical oncologists are especially equipped to care for those with complex presentations or with rare or unusual cancers.
A Board Certified Physician who has special training in using radiation to treat cancer.
Specialists within radiology who uses imaging guidance to provide treatments to a specific part of the body.
SUPPORTIVE CARE SERVICES
Supportive Care Services: Patient Navigators and Care Coordinators who provide access to care that can improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of supportive care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment.