Multidisciplinary management for esophageal and gastric cancer

Megan Boniface, Sachin Wani, Tracey Schefter, Phillip Koo, Cheryl Meguid, Stephen Leong, Jeffrey Kaplan, Lisa Wingrove, Martin McCarter
2016 Cancer Management and Research  
The management of esophageal and gastric cancer is complex and involves multiple specialists in an effort to optimize patient outcomes. Utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach starting from the initial staging evaluation ensures that all members are in agreement with the plan of care. Treatment selection for esophageal and gastric cancer often involves a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and palliative interventions (endoscopic and surgical), and direct communication between
more » ... pecialists in these fields is needed to ensure appropriate clinical decision making. At the University of Colorado, the Esophageal and Gastric Multidisciplinary Clinic was created to bring together all experts involved in treating these diseases at a weekly conference in order to provide patients with coordinated, individualized, and patient-centered care. This review details the essential elements and benefits of building a multidisciplinary program focused on treating esophageal and gastric cancer patients.
doi:10.2147/cmar.s101169 pmid:27217796 pmcid:PMC4853141 fatcat:uzu2lw26abearmpkh6s5ou5sdi