Cancer Committee

Cancer Committee

The Cancer Committee is a multidisciplinary membership that meets every three months and examines the overall cancer program, cancer patient management, registry database and continuing education of health care providers and tumor registrars.

The Cancer Committee is led by a chair who leads the comprehensive cancer management program, which is a coordinated, multi-disciplinary, patient-centered program that works towards optimizing cancer management in the patient population, while insuring that the interests of patients are always foremost.

The Cancer Liaison Physician is part of a grassroots network of physician volunteers willing to manage clinically related cancer activities in their local institutions and surrounding communities. The goal is to improve the treatment of all cancer patients in this area and nationwide.

Tumor Registry


The registry is a data management system designed to collect, organize and analyze data on all patients with the diagnosis of a malignant disease or certain life threatening benign conditions. Annual follow-up for the patient’s lifetime is one of the most important contributions of the registry.

The registrars manage the database, coordinate five tumor boards, monitor the hospital’s cancer program and report findings to the Cancer Committee, and coordinate the oversight of the accreditation process.

Tumor Boards


General Surgery

Weekly peer review meeting of all specialties involved in cancer treatment including staff physicians, resident physicians and other health care professionals to discuss selected cases, stage the extent of disease, and recommend treatment options.

Cardiothoracic

Weekly discussion of all new non-cardiac cases and all recent thoracic surgery cases. Participation includes Pulmonary medicine, Thoracic Surgery, Pathology, Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Medical Oncology, and Radiation Oncology.

Head & Neck

Bi-weekly meetings to discuss new patients, follow-up patients with problems or those undergoing active therapy, and to discuss current aspects pertaining to the diagnosis and management of head and neck oncologic problems. The group includes Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Oral Surgery, Pathology, and Diagnostic Radiology.

Urology

Bi-weekly meetings to discuss new urologic cases, and updates on patients currently undergoing treatment. The board consists of Genito-Urinary Surgery, Urology, Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology and Diagnostic Radiology.

Liver

Monthly meetings organized by Interventional Radiology to discuss new Liver cases as well as updates on patients currently undergoing treatment. Attendees include Interventional Radiology, GI Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Pathology and Diagnostic Radiology.

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