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Multidisciplinary Case Conferences at Livestrong Cancer Institutes

The multidisciplinary case conferences held by Livestrong Cancer Institutes at Dell Medical School bring together specialists from across disciplines to discuss patient cases and decide on treatment plans that are best for each individual patient. These regularly held meetings foster collaboration between all clinicians involved in cancer care in order to provide whole-person, comprehensive care.

About the Conferences

The Livestrong Cancer Institutes currently hosts nine multidisciplinary case conferences, including those that focus on:

  • gastrointestinal cancer;
  • hepatobiliary cancer;
  • hematologic malignancies;
  • cutaneous oncology;
  • head and neck cancers;
  • thoracic oncology;
  • genitourinary cancers;
  • hereditary cancer;
  • and research molecular tumor board.

Held weekly, biweekly or monthly at Dell Medical School, each conference is led by UT Health Austin physicians who specialize in each respective area. Patients are referred from UT Health Austin clinicians and clinicians at several other health care institutions across the Austin area. Imaging and pathology are collected and reviewed before each conference, so they can be displayed and discussed in-depth during the meetings.

Multidisciplinary case conferences are beneficial for patients, clinicians and students. They provide patients with highly individualized, intentional and person-centered care. They enable clinicians to stay up to date on recent advances in best practices for cancer treatment; Continuing Medical Education credits are provided for each conference. They are also an educational opportunity for current medical students, residents and other clinicians in training to learn more about treatment planning for current, complex cases.