Tumor board: more than treatment planning—A 1-year prospective survey
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- Gatcliffe, T.A. & Coleman, R.L. J Canc Educ (2008) 23: 235. doi:10.1080/08858190802189014
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Background. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of gynecologic oncology tumor boards (TBs) on patient care and graduate education. Methods. Sequential TBs were prospectively recorded. Case presentations preceded review of diagnostic studies and pathology. Following consultative dialogue, treatment plans were synthesized. Disposition alterations were categorized as major, minor, or none. Results. In 52 weekly TBs, 153 patients were presented. Alterations were made in 53 cases. Major alterations (n=13) predominantly resulted from pathology reassignments. Minor alterations (n=40) resulted from pathology, staging, radiology, and surgical team clarifications. Conclusions. Multidisciplinary TBs provide important information for prospective treatment planning and a significant educational opportunity for postgraduate trainees.