Multidisciplinary Clinics

Many of the recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer require close collaboration between cancer specialists, having differing areas of expertise.

The Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic brings these specialists together to evaluate each patient's case and then meet individually with the patient to discuss treatment options.

A plan that would normally take weeks to develop is completed in a single day and treatment can begin quickly.

During the Visit

While the patients are watching a video providing an overview of the specific cancer and its treatment options, the multidisciplinary team meets to discuss each case and determine the best treatment option. Then each specialist meets individually with the patient to explain the treatment choices and answer questions.

The patients are also given a packet of information detailing the information provided during the information video and other reference materials, as well as information regarding appropriate clinical trials.

Multidisciplinary Clinics


Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards

According to the National Cancer Institute definition, a tumor board review is:

“A treatment planning approach in which a number of doctors who are experts in different specialties (disciplines) review and discuss the medical condition and treatment options of a patient. In cancer treatment, a tumor board review may include that of a medical oncologist (who provides cancer treatment with drugs), a surgical oncologist (who provides cancer treatment with surgery), and a radiation oncologist (who provides cancer treatment with radiation).”

Breast Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

  • Meets weekly on Wednesdays
  • Participants: breast surgeon, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathologist, radiologist, breast care coordinator, case managers, medical students, residents
  • Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

Central Nervous System (CNS) Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

  • Meets weekly on Fridays
  • Participants: neurosurgeon, neuro oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, neurologist
  • Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

General Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

  • Meets weekly on Mondays
  • Participants: surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, care coordinator, case manager, clinical trial coordinators, pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, general and thoracic surgeons
  • Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

Gynecologic Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

  • Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month
  • Participants: gynecological oncologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

  • Meets monthly, last Friday of the month
  • Participants: head and neck surgeons, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist,Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

Pediatric Multidisciplinary Tumor Board With UCSF

  • Meets twice monthly, on the third, and fourth Thursdays of the month via telecommunication with UCSF (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Participants at Kaiser Permanente: pediatric oncologists and case manager
  • Participants at UCSF: pediatric oncologist and nurse practitioners, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, pediatric surgeon
  • Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

Pediatric Multidisciplinary Local Tumor Board

  • Meets monthly
  • Participants: pediatric neurosurgeon, pediatric surgeon, pediatric oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, pediatric neurologist, pediatric endocrinologist, pediatric rehabilitation specialist
  • Pediatric Neuro-oncology tumor board held regularly at the Kaiser Permanente Oakland facility for special cases
  • Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature

Prostate Multidisciplinary Tumor Board

  • Meets weekly on Tuesdays
  • Participants: urologists, medical oncologist (as needed), and radiation oncologist
  • Review imaging studies and pathology of each case
  • Discuss stage-specific care recommendations
  • Review current literature


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