When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you want to be certain those caring for you are experts in their fields. The staff at Intermountain Medical Center believes in the strength of a multidisciplinary team, which means that each specialist on our team consults with each other to decide on the best possible approach to your care.
As you begin treatment for cancer, experts from our multidisciplinary programs will counsel with you on your full range of treatment options. During a clinic visit you’ll meet with a surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, nurse, social worker, dietitian, and other specialists. This is usually accomplished in one visit, which means you don’t have to come in for multiple appointments. At the end of the appointment, you’ll leave with a treatment plan and a schedule of any necessary appointments you need.
In the video below, one of our physicians describes the benefits of a multidiciplinary approach.
The following multidisciplinary clinics are available:
- Acute Leukemia Program: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma
- Bone Marrow Transplant Program: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma
- Breast Care Center: Breast Cancer
- Gastrointestinal Clinic: Liver, Pancreas, Esophageal, Stomach, Gallbladder Cancer
- Genitourinary Clinic: Prostate, Kidney, Bladder, Testicular Cancers
- Musculoskeletal Clinic: Bone Cancer, Sarcomas
- Neuro-Oncology Program: Brain Tumors
- Rectal/Anal Clinic: Rectal, Anal Cancers
- Thoracic Clinic: Lung, Esophageal Cancers
A physician referral isn’t necessary to attend a multidisciplinary program. Even if your cancer type isn’t listed above, we can most often offer an treatment plan for you. To set an appointment or get more details, please call (801) 507-3900.
Cancer Care Conferences
Intermountain Cancer Centers hold regular cancer care conferences where cases are discussed. Physicians present cases and treatment recommendations are made with group input. These conferences are held three to four times per month. Ask your physician to present your case if you want to take advantage of the perspectives offered by our multidisciplinary team. Team members typically include:
- Medical Oncologist – (Hematology/Oncology) Medical Oncologists are internists with training and experience in the treatment of cancer. They coordinate patient care from diagnosis through the course of the disease, assisting with pain and symptom management. When needed, they prescribe chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs.
- Radiation Oncologist – Radiation Oncologists provide radiation therapy treatment such as brachytherapy and image guided radiation therapy. They develop and prescribe cancer treatment plans and monitor patient progress.
- Surgeon — A surgeon may be called upon to remove the cancerous tumor through surgical intervention.
- Social Worker – Our social worker will assist with support and counseling, financial concerns, and help you gain access to community resources.
- Dietitian – Our certified dietitians help patients maintain an optimal weight during and after cancer treatment through meals plans, exercise goals and behavior modification coaching.
- Genetics Counselor – Our counselor will review your family medical history and provide education regarding your personal risk for familial cancer.
- Registered Nurse – The nurse will help coordinate your care by helping make appointments, providing education and answering questions.
- American Cancer Society Patient Navigator – Our American Cancer Society patient navigator connects patients with information, resources, services, and support during the cancer journey. They also offer free wigs, scarves & hats.
- Financial Counselor – If you don’t have insurance, need financial assistance, or have other financial concerns, our counselors can help.
A lymphedema therapist may be involved if you have swelling caused by disruptions in the lymph system, which can occur with breast cancer and musculoskeletal cancers.
A urologist will be involved if your cancer is related to kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urethra, testes, prostate or penis. For men an erectile dysfunction specialist may also be invited to provide education and answer questions about erectile dysfunction.
A Neuro Oncologist will participate if you have a brain tumor. They'll assist in pain and symptom management and help coordinate care throughout the course of the disease.
Physical, occupational, and speech therapists may also participate as necessary to help you maintain and restore maximum functional ability.
Making your way through the healthcare system with a complex diagnosis like cancer can be difficult. A trained healthcare professional is available to help you navigate through your cancer journey. They can provide reassurance and resources, answer your questions, and coordinate needed care. All cancer patients have access to our free patient navigation program.