MULTIDISCIPLINARY CARE

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

  • A team approach to managing complex medical conditions such as breast cancer

  • Involves various experts – both doctors and non-doctors – to ensure optimal treatment

 

I HAVE BREAST CANCER. ISN'T MY BREAST CANCER SURGEON ENOUGH?

  • No no and no!

  • Your best treatment frequently involves more than just surgery

  • Even IF surgery is all that is required in your case, there is still a team of professionals you may or may not meet who are involved in your care and who should “rubber stamp” the recommendation for no further treatment

  • History and evidence show us outcomes for breast cancer patients are enhanced through skilled multidisciplinary care

 

IS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM ALWAYS INVOLVED IN BREAST CANCER CARE?

  • International best practice guidelines suggest this should be the case for all women with breast cancer

  • Some surgeons still operate outside a formalised multidisciplinary process

  • At Melbourne Breast and Endocrine Surgeons, all cancer patients are formally discussed at a multidisciplinary team meeting (MDM) one or more times

 

WHO IS IN THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM?

  • This may vary between treating centres and for differing patients, but core members include: breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and breast care nurses

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DOES THIS COST ME ANYTHING?

  • At Melbourne Breast and Endocrine Surgeons, we consider multidisciplinary care an inherent part of correct breast cancer planning and treatment – there is no cost to you in us formalising this process through our multidisciplinary meeting