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Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences

Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences (MCCs) are regularly scheduled meetings where healthcare providers discuss the diagnosis and treatment of individual cancer patients. Participants represent medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, diagnostic radiology and nursing. Other healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care -- such as dieticians, rehabilitation specialists and pharmacists -- may also attend. Some hospitals and health professionals call these conferences “tumour boards.” 

We provide tools to help hospital staff start up or improve MCCs at their centres. Tools include how to conduct productive meetings, create agendas, tips for effective communication between team members, tracking cases, and more.

There is increasing evidence that regular meetings of multidisciplinary teams contribute to improved patient outcomes. Many Ontario hospitals have developed MCCs. To guide them, we developed MCC standards and guidelines, and continue to create tools to make MCCs more effective.

MCC Standards

Our Expert Panel on MCC Standards has produced standards to guide the development of MCCs across the province.

Last modified: Thu, Feb 18, 2010
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