Multidisciplinary Care: A Full Team of Experts In Your Corner
You will appreciate the convenience of receiving all of your services under one roof at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, but the advantages to our multidisciplinary approach go much deeper. Studies show that patients who receive their cancer screening, prevention, treatment and palliative-care services in a setting of multispecialty care tend to live longer and have a better quality of life. And because our model of care is based on multidisciplinary centers, every patient benefits from a team of experts who are focused on his or her individual care.
What is a multidisciplinary center, and how does it benefit me?
A cancer multidisciplinary center, or MDC, is an organizational unit of doctors from different specialties who collaborate to focus on caring for patients with a specific type of cancer.
When you visit the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, you will meet with your nurse navigator and a team of doctors in one visit. Your team will be made up of doctors who specialize in your type of cancer and typically includes:
- A surgeon who can order diagnostic tests, perform a biopsy to see if your tumor is malignant or operate to remove cancer if necessary.
- A medical oncologist who can administer chemotherapy or immunotherapy that kills cancer cells.
- A radiation oncologist who can pinpoint places where your cancer is growing and use precisely focused X-rays to reduce or destroy it.
Together, these cancer specialists, in consultation with your primary-care doctor, will work with you to create the most appropriate and effective plan of treatment for your cancer.
Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713 directions