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Multifaceted cancer that benefits from multidisciplinary care

The beauty of the multidisciplinary approach is that each of those [symptoms] gets examined in each case, so that everybody can make a contribution to the management of the patient.

– Dr Rodney Pommier

Because neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are sometimes regarded as being benign or slow-growing, management strategies for patients traditionally have lacked a sense of urgency.1 However, evidence suggests that

  • NETs should be actively monitored because of their progressive nature and poor prognosis with metastatic disease2,3
  • Given their diversity in sites of origin, biology, and symptomatology, NETs are optimally managed using therapeutic interventions tailored to the individual patient1
  • Outcomes tend to be better for patients who are treated at NET specialist centers that employ a multidisciplinary approach to patient care4,5

Institutional studies show outcomes are improved for patients who are managed at centers that specialize in NETs.4,5

These centers typically employ a multidisciplinary team approach, potential benefits of which include6:

  • Accurate diagnosis and staging
  • Evaluation of performance status and quality of life
  • Consensus regarding the patient’s care plan
  • Cohesive delivery of support, therapy, and information on prognosis to patients
  • Continuous reassessment, discussion, and peer review of the individualized care plan
Members of a well-represented multidisciplinary team for management of patients with Neuroendocrine Tumors (NETs)

Learn more about the therapeutic interventions and monitoring tests used for managing patients with NETs: