If you've been diagnosed with breast or prostate cancer, you have access to care from PAMF's tumor board. The tumor board consists of cancer doctors who meet to review and discuss diagnostic information and medical treatment options for people with cancer. This generally includes a broad group of cancer specialists such as medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, surgeons, your primary care provider or specialist, oncology nurses, a nurse navigator, dietitian and medical social worker.
The goal of the tumor board is to provide multidisciplinary care for patients, with an emphasis on new developments in treatment and participation in clinical trials. The tumor boards give you access to high-level, collaborative cancer care that is integrated and coordinated with the primary care you receive from us.
Tumor boards also provide a forum to educate physicians, fellows, residents, nurses and other healthcare providers and to share relevant research findings.
For breast cancer patients, your team includes:
- Breast Cancer Navigator — A registered nurse with specific training and experience in the management of breast cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and into follow-up care.
- Surgical Oncologist — A surgeon whose practice is solely dedicated to concerns related to breast health. (Available at the Palo Alto facility only.)
- Medical Oncologist — A doctor who will oversee your chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy.
- Radiation Oncologist — A doctor who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments.
For prostate cancer patients, your team includes:
- Prostate Cancer Navigator — A registered nurse with specific training and experience in the management of prostate cancer, from diagnosis through treatment and into follow-up care.
- Urologist — A doctor who performs your prostate biopsy and discusses the surgical management of prostate cancer.
- Radiation Oncologist — A doctor who will oversee your radiation therapy treatments (if you select this treatment option).
You may also have follow-up visits with:
- Genomics Clinical Nurse Specialist — To discuss the available genetic tests based upon your diagnosis and family history.
- Registered Dietitian — To discuss optimal nutrition before, during and after cancer treatment.
- Medical Social Worker — To address your emotional and psychological needs.