Multidisciplinary Care

Clinical care of the breast patient, whether cancer or benign disease, requires a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach, across multiple specialties: surgery, radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, clinical trials, social work, physical therapy among others.

Doctors working in teleconference

What is multidisciplinary care?

Multidisciplinary care is a collaborative approach to treatment planning and ongoing care. It is well documented and accepted that multidisciplinary care represents ‘best practice’ in terms of treatment planning and care for cancer patients.

Effective multidisciplinary care assures:

  • improved treatment
  • improved team communication and support
  • improved coordination of patient care
  • reduced service duplication
  • increased opportunities for recruitment into clinical trials
  • consideration of patient’s physical and emotional needs