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Multidisciplinary care impacts diagnosis and management of patients


​A recent paper in the Annals of Surgical Oncology shows that a multidisciplinary approach to gastrointestinal oncology care may have a substantial impact on how cancer is diagnosed and how patient care is managed.
 
Cheryl Meguid, DNP, director of multidisciplinary program development and program coordinator of the pancreas & biliary multidisciplinary clinic at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), led a team of clinicians including advanced practice providers, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologists  evaluating disease-specific multidisciplinary programs.
 
The team used data from 1,747 new UCH patients diagnosed with GI cancers including pancreatic, esophageal, gastric, liver and colorectal cancer. The data show that patients evaluated in a multidisciplinary setting had a change in diagnosis and/or treatment plan more than 30 percent of the time.