Multidisciplinary approach makes a difference in lung cancer

Management plans for lung cancer patients are changed in the majority of cases after referral to a multidisciplinary meeting, Melbourne researchers report.

Their study looked at 68 consecutive cases presented at weekly lung oncology multidisciplinary team (MDT) meetings at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

In 58% of these cases the MDT meeting changed management plans, the authors found.

Most of these changes related to additional investigations, including imaging, biopsies, tuberculosis testing and transthoracic ECGs.

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