Multidisciplinary team working

The principle of multidisciplinary team working has been enshrined in NHS culture since the publication of the NHS Cancer Plan in 2000.  It is particularly important that sarcomas are managed by specialist multidisciplinary teams because many aspects of diagnosis require discussion between clinicians, radiologists and pathologists, and the multi-modality nature of treatment for many sarcomas means that coordination is needed in order to tailor treatment to the needs of the individual patient. Sarcoma specialist multidisciplinary teams should include specialists in:

  • orthopaedic, plastic, general and thoracic surgery
  • medical (and paediatric) oncology
  • clinical (radiation) oncology
  • pathology
  • radiology
  • nursing
  • rehabilitation

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