Consultative Cancer Conferences, or “Tumor Boards”, play a key role in the treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. Chaired by Edwin Hayashi, MD, this team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists meet twice monthly to review unusual, aggressive, and/or complex cancer cases.
Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month. During each session, the patient’s history, pertinent lab results, x-rays/imaging, and pathology are provided to this multidisciplinary team of physicians. These physicians, as a team, then determine the best course of action for each patient.
Sierra Vista has seen a steady increase in the number of cases presented each year, and equally important there has been an increase in the number of physicians attending the tumor boards. In 2015, over 185 Sierra Vista patients received the benefit of tumor board evaluation.
A special acknowledgement goes to the many physicians who participate in these cancer conferences: