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Multidisciplinary cancer care 

Multidisciplinary cancer care
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Multidisciplinary cancer care
Author(s):

David N. Church

, Rachel Kerr

, and David J. Kerr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656103.003.0022

May 25, 2017: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

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date: 20 October 2017

Over the last two decades, multidisciplinary team (MDT) working has become an integral part of cancer care in many healthcare systems in the Western world. MDT meetings were established as part of an effort to reduce the fragmented provision of cancer care, and to ensure that each patient receives a management plan based on expert consensus following consideration of all appropriate therapeutic options. Although limited, the available evidence indicates that MDT working is associated with improved patient outcomes, though the associated costs are significant. MDTs are likely to evolve over the coming years through the development of specific software tools to aid clinical decision-making, and through the incorporation of tumour genomics and the personalization of therapy this enables.

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