When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people. At MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, you are not alone in the fight. Our Radiation Oncology Care Team, which includes some of the region’s most knowledgeable and dedicated cancer specialists, is here to treat and support you every step of the way.
In cancer care, different types of doctors often work together and combine treatments to care for a patient. This is called a multidisciplinary team. Our center uses a team approach in which our medical experts collaborate to develop a customized treatment plan for your specific case. Team members may include a surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, medical physicist, nurse, radiation therapist and other experts.
There are several benefits of using a team approach to treating cancer. This approach gives the patient access to the right team of health professionals to plan the best treatment for the patient’s cancer type based on current research. Together, the team can review all the factors that may affect the patient’s treatment to help prevent unexpected health problems and identify any supportive care needed. Other benefits may include:
- faster access to treatment and referral to services,
- improved care coordination, meaning less duplication of medical tests,
- less travel for treatments,
- greater opportunity to hear about clinical trials,
- receiving appropriate and consistent information, as the person giving it knows the team’s plan for your care and your personal choices.
Patients should have a sense that their doctors have a coordinated plan of care and are working effectively with one another. If patients do not feel that the members of their health care team are communicating effectively with them or each other about the goals of treatment and the plan of care, patients should discuss this with their doctors or seek additional medical opinions before treatment.
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