The move toward integrated, multidisciplinary cancer centers is one of the most notable trends in cancer care today. A study from the University of North Carolina, for instance, showed that, when reviewed by a multidisciplinary tumor board, 38 percent of 269 consecutive patients with an outside diagnosis of GU cancer had changes made to diagnosis or treatment plans.
Radiologists and radiation oncologists increasingly collaborate across the continuum of care—from diagnosis to treatment. Listen to Dr. Charles White and Dr. John Sue as they provide an overview of the advantages of taking a multimodality and multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and identify the many ways these two disciplines are collaborating to more effectively design and deliver individualized care. Watch the on-demand webcast, “Radiologists & Radiation Oncologists: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” presented by John Suh, MD, Gamma Knife Center, Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center, Cleveland Clinic; and Charles S. White, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
By all accounts, integrated care holds the promise of better outcomes, improved patient quality of life and lower costs. However, with the cancer patient population expected to grow by some 1.6 million new cases in 2012 in the U.S. alone, clinicians and administrators face not only the task of integrating care, but the need to expand facilities and services—all while improving quality and containing costs. Clinical advances alone are insufficient to confront the challenges of providing and managing value-based oncology services. These are daunting challenges, even for organizations with ready access to financial and professional resources.
Based on these insights, Philips has partnered with leading oncology solutions providers and created the Cancer Center Program to address both the clinical and business challenges of multidisciplinary care.
If you are planning a new cancer center or expanding existing service lines, you can learn more about how this powerful coalition of alliances and services can help you in the areas of cancer center strategic planning and development, business model alignment, operational and legal structuring, capitalization, financing and more by contacting Randy Sklar, vice president, Cancer Center Program, at (561) 596-5808. To learn more about how the program is making a difference and to stay tuned for the latest success stories and updates, email Stefka Koenig at firstname.lastname@example.org.