Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences (MCCs) are regularly scheduled meetings where healthcare providers discuss the diagnosis and treatment of individual cancer patients. Participants represent medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, diagnostic radiology and nursing. Other healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care such as dieticians, rehabilitation specialists and pharmacists may also attend. Some hospitals and health professionals call these conferences “tumour boards.”
There is increasing evidence that regular meetings of multidisciplinary teams contribute to improved patient outcomes. Many Ontario hospitals have developed MCCs. To guide them, Cancer Care Ontario developed MCC standards and guidelines, and continue to create tools to make MCCs more effective.
For more information on MCCs in the South West region contact Harry.Milne@lhsc.on.ca.