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dc.contributorRosolowski, Tacey Ann
dc.contributor.authorCox, James
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-25T22:47:37Z
dc.date.available2019-09-25T22:47:37Z
dc.date.created2018-11-05 13:02
dc.date.issuedFebruary 7, 2013
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dc.identifierCox_James_20130412_S12
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dc.description.abstractDr. Cox notes that proton therapy treatment focuses heavily on lung cancer and lists other cancers being studied, explaining that the study of esophageal cancer puts all the modalities together. This leads Dr. Cox to talk about the Tumor Board and Thoracic Conference –weekly multi-disciplinary meetings where specialists from different disciplines discuss cases and treatment options for patients. He explains that surgical techniques have improved so much that surgery is now also being integrated into the treatment modalities. He then describes the history of the conferences, which go back to the earliest years of MD Anderson and have proliferated through the entire institution. Dr. Cox describes how these meetings educated everyone, e.g. by having specialists from a wide range of fields talk to a radiologist, a pathologist, or someone conducting research on molecular markers. (He acknowledges that attendees are self-selected). Dr. Cox affirms that the multi-disciplinary meetings have affected the culture of MD Anderson: Multi-disciplinary care is a hallmark of MD Anderson care. He explains that that the salary pool on which compensation is based at the institution insures that there is no economic incentive behind treatment decisions. “We function as a team” for all patients. Dr. Cox explains that not everyone embraces multi-disciplinarity and that, in the past, MD Anderson faculty who worked on the disease sites tended to talk only to one another. When he brought in the RTOG, the multi-disciplinary focus has a definite impact on the institution. Dr. Cox closes this section by noting some other multi-disciplinary organizations and by explaining that MD Anderson may not be helped by some of the NCI’s recent decisions on how to restructure cooperative groups.
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dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherHistorical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
dc.rightsJames Cox, PhD, Oral History Interview, April 12, 2013, Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
dc.sourceMaking Cancer History® Voices Oral History Collection
dc.subjectB: Building/Transforming the Institution ; B: Multi-disciplinary Approaches; B: Institutional Mission and Values; B: Institutional Processes; B: MD Anderson Culture; A: The Clinician; C: Patients; D: On Care
dc.subjectA: The Researcher; A: The Interview Subject's Story;
dc.titleSegment 12: Multidisciplinary Conferences at MD Anderson Lead to More Effective Treatment Plans
dc.typeInterview Segment
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