What is a breast cancer tumor board?

A breast cancer tumor board is a group of doctors who meet to discuss the diagnosis and care of women with breast and other types of cancer. During a breast cancer tumor board meeting all the doctors involved in a woman's care would look at her imaging studies and pathology, discuss particular aspects of the case and make recommendations about therapy. Having all the doctors in the room at the same time improves the quality of care.
Steven G. Eisenberg, DO
Hematology & Oncology

A breast cancer tumor board is a meeting where all of the specialists that take care of individuals living with breast cancer get together and discuss the best approaches to treatment. The doctors present usually include medical oncologists (me), radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists and primary care physicians on the patient's team. Collaboration is the name of the game at these conferences, typically lasting an hour. We discuss research, look at pathology slides, but most importantly, we remember the human being that is living with breast cancer and how best to treat her.

Tumor boards are regularly scheduled patient conferences where the cases of cancer patients are discussed in a multidisciplinary manner. Generally, tumor boards include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and other cancer specialists. In most cases, the tumor board will reach a consensus for a treatment plan for each patient who is presented.
Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"
www.doctorwascher.com
 
Ajay K. Sahajpal, MD
Transplant Surgery
A tumor board is a multidisciplinary meeting in which physcians from various backgrounds including medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, radiology and pathology meet to discuss cases/patients and make a plan of care for that patient. A breast cancer tumor board is specific to specialists in the field of breast cancer management.
Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Breast cancer tumor boards are multiple specialist that will discuss cases of breast cancers including treatment, diagnosis, and management. These boards are very useful for difficult and atypical breast cancer cases. Specialist may include medical oncologist, general breast surgeon, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, and radiologists. The main goal of these committees is to determine the best course of action for each specific breast cancer patient.
Dede Bonner
Health Education

The work of a tumor board (sometimes called a “tumor team”) is important for ensuring quality patient care, accurate diagnoses, and effective treatment plans.

This multidisciplinary team typically is composed of cancer experts, such as the facility’s medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, mammographers, oncology nurses, and assistants. This team has regular tumor board meetings to discuss the details of recent patient cancer diagnoses and treatment plans. The reason this matters to you is because more heads are better than one in figuring out your breast cancer’s ‘personality,’ as well as the best course of treatment for fighting it. As J. B. Askew, Jr., M.D., an experienced pathologist in Houston, Texas, explains, “Pre-treatment conferences work by helping everyone who is taking care of a patient to be on the same page . . . This is an extremely powerful way for treatment to begin for a woman with breast cancer.”

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