Evaluation of the benefit and use of multidisciplinary teams in the treatment of head and neck cancer

Lisa Licitra, Ulrich Keilholz, Makoto Tahara, Jin Ching Lin, Pauline Chomette, Philippe Ceruse, Kevin Harrington, Ricard Mesia

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Abstract

Given the complexities of multimodality treatment for patients with head and neck cancer, the rationale for the use of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) to define individual optimal treatment strategies on a per-patient basis is apparent. Increased use of guideline-directed approaches, reduced time to treatment and improved outcomes, which result from use of an MDT approach in head and neck cancer, have been documented. A discussion of these recent advances, as well as presentation of available country-specific guidance on the roles and responsibilities of team members, supports the creation of similar local-language recommendations for the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. Finally, expert practical advice on the implementation of MDTs may enable the establishment of the MDT approach more universally around the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalOral Oncology
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Healthcare delivery
  • Multidisciplinary team

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Cancer Research

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