What is Multidisciplinary Care?

UNC has been providing multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care for more than thirty years.

At many institutions, cancer patients have to navigate the system, meet separately with the different specialists, and then process and evaluate multiple - and sometimes conflicting - recommendations. At the N.C. Cancer Hospital, every effort is made to schedule appointments with a number of specialists during one visit. The results of these appointments are then carefully reviewed at a team conference, often on the very same day.

For the patient, this means that they are located at the hub of a system where a team of caregivers including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nutritionists, behavioral health specialists, symptom management specialists and others review each patient's case together and recommend a combination of therapies tailored to the patient's individual needs.

Multidisciplinary conferences have proven critical to improved patient care, streamlining treatment pathways, improving access to clinical trials of new therapies, and providing doctors with opportunities to interact with colleagues - all to the patient's benefit.