Dr. Anthony Heaney
Associate Professor, Medicine and Neurosurgery
More Multidisciplinary Patient Care POVs
- Drs. Strosberg, Yao and Phan [oncologists] Experts present key insights describing why different specialists may be needed.
- Dr. Howden [gastroenterologist] Multidisciplinary care helps specialists as well as patients.
- Dr. Pommier [surgical oncologist] Patients should be seen by different specialists.
- Dr. Klimstra [surgical pathologist] The benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to care.
The multiple subtypes of NETs require diversified care.
I think patients with neuroendocrine tumors should be managed by a multidisciplinary team because "neuroendocrine tumor" is not one disease—it's really a multitude of subtypes of diseases within this umbrella we call neuroendocrine tumor. What that means... is that the presentation, the symptoms, the signs, the treatments that we need to consider for these patients varies widely depending on the type of tumor, the site of tumor, the extent of disease, and the individual patient. It requires multiple skills from many disciplines to effectively manage these tumors and to offer the best standard of care for the patients.