Head and Neck Cancer
Multidisciplinary Cancer Case Review Committee
The Multidisciplinary Cancer Case Review Committee, also commonly referred to as The Tumor Board, plays a critical role in multidisciplinary cancer care at Orange Regional . Tumor Board thoroughly reviews cases of individual cancer patients, anonymously, providing unique perspectives from each provider.
A diagnostic radiologist is always in attendance to review all imaging and scans of the patient. These are projected onto a screen to allow better visual presentation to Tumor Board participants. A pathologist reviews pathologic samples, including studying the cells using a projection microscope. Also, always in attendance is the core team of cancer specialists including medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists pathologists, radiologists, Other specialists, including pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, and nuclear medicine physicians attend as needed in addition to nurse practitioners, nurses and patient navigator.
Tumor Board reviews focus on complex cases, where the diagnosis and course of treatment are not clear cut. Tumor characteristics, pre-treatment evaluation, staging, treatment plans and enrollment in a clinical trial are issues commonly discussed. The Tumor Board benefits patients by offering a comprehensive, coordinated approach to cancer care for even the most difficult of cases.
To read more about our Head and Neck Cancer Services and additional Oncology Services, please view our 2011 Oncology Annual Report.