Organizing the Multidisciplinary Team

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    Abstract

    The multidisciplinary colorectal cancer team (CRC MDT) decides the treatment strategy after the disease has been diagnosed, classified, and staged by the team members. It also executes quality control after the treatment has been completed. The core MDT team consists of colorectal surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists [3]. Some institutions also include patient care representatives and other disciplines in the team as they take on other obligations concerning the patient’s way from referral to discharge from the last follow’up visit [3]. The team should ensure that decisions are evidence based whenever possible and the decisions are based upon all necessary preoperative diagnostic and staging modalities. It is further ensured that diagnostics and staging procedures are of high quality and that no unnecessary procedures are delaying the treatment. The team defi nes guidelines to ensure that the patient fl ow is effi cient, fast, and without dropouts. The team meetings are learning platforms for younger doctors in specialist training.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMultidisciplinary Treatment of Colorectal Cancer : Staging - Treatment - Pathology - Palliation
    EditorsGunnar Baastrup
    PublisherSpringer
    Publication date2015
    Pages3-9
    Chapter1
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-06141-2
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-06142-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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