Ann Surg Oncol (2017) 24:2669–2678 DOI 10.1245/s10434-017-5833-3 REV I EW AR TICLE – GA STRO INTESTINA L O NCO L OG Y The Value of Multidisciplinary Team Meetings for Patients with Gastrointestinal Malignancies: A Systematic Review 1 2 1 1 Yara L. Basta, MD , Sifra Bolle, Msc , Paul Fockens, MD, PhD , and Kristien M. A. J. Tytgat, MD, PhD Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ABSTRACT the treatment plan was altered in 23.0–41.7% of evaluated Introduction. The incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) can- cases; and four studies found that MDT decisions were cer is rising and most patients with GI malignancies are implemented in 90–100% of evaluated cases. The reasons discussed by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). We per- for altering a treatment plan included the patient’s wishes, formed a systematic review to assess whether MDTs for and comorbidities. patients with GI malignancies can correctly change diag- Conclusions. MDT meetings for patients with a GI nosis, tumor stage and subsequent treatment plan, and malignancy are responsible for changes in diagnoses and whether the treatment plan was implemented. management
Annals of Surgical Oncology – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 23, 2017
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