Tumor Board in Sonora

A team approach to cancer treatment

Each week, dozens of physicians, nurses, chaplains and other staff gather for tumor board, a meeting that brings together various medical specialties to review cancer cases and provide a team approach to patient care. Medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, general surgery, internal medicine and family practice are all specialties represented at tumor board. In addition to reviewing more difficult cases and providing recommendations for treatment, practitioners at Tumor Board also review more routine cases to ensure the best possible care pathways are followed.

About five to eight cases are discussed during the hour-long session. For patients whose cases are brought before tumor board, knowing the combined knowledge and experience of so many providers is behind their treatment plan brings a great deal of confidence and comfort.