A Community Resource in the Fight against Cancer
ProMedica Cancer Institute is proud to help lead the fight against cancer in our community. Through our own outreach initiatives and our partnerships with other organizations we work to increase awareness of cancer risks and to support the research that will one day find a cure for cancer. The Institute is a proud supporter of community organizations and initiatives including:
- American Cancer Society
- Cure Search Walk
- Komen Race for the Cure©
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- Make A Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio
- Ohio Cancer Research Associates
- Ovarian Cancer Connection
- Rear in Gear
- Victory Center
Treating cancer patients in our community is not just a job for our caregivers – it's a passion. Our physicians and staff are inspired everyday by the strength of patients who refuse to let a cancer diagnosis define them. Their stories motivate our caregivers to provide the same compassionate, expert care that communities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan have come to expect at the ProMedica Cancer Institute. View conversations with our caregivers to learn more about what drives them to make a difference in the lives of their patients.
Our experienced doctors and professionals coordinate care as part of a multidisciplinary team to meet individual patient needs. At our cancer care locations in Toledo and throughout our regional system, we provide comprehensive and up-to-date treatments, as well as patient education, support and the option to participate in clinical trials.
Navigating the cancer journey can be difficult, but the good news is that you do not have to go through it alone. In addition to the many physicians and cancer specialists who practice at ProMedica’s cancer centers and hospitals, ProMedica also employs numerous medical oncologists and other cancer specialists. We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s no I in team.” When it comes to battling cancer, that statement couldn’t be more accurate.
Thanks to an innovative approach to cancer care, local patients are not alone in their fight. They’re benefitting from the collective wisdom and experience of multidisciplinary teams of medical experts who offer unique perspectives and timely access to care.
To help us understand this philosophy of care, Manuel Valdivieso, MD, MS, CPE, an oncologist and medical director of ProMedica Cancer Institute, explains below why multidisciplinary teams are so important:
What is a multidisciplinary cancer team?
Multidisciplinary teams at ProMedica Cancer Institute generally include several doctors as well as other health care professionals who are experts in different aspects of a single cancer or groups of related cancers. Their job is to evaluate the patient’s condition and provide recommendations for the best course of action. Given the seriousness of cancer, the team collaborates at all levels to provide the best treatment options to the patient. They also provide a timely, coordinated plan of care and regular updates to the patient’s primary care physician.
Who are the specialists on a “typical” multidisciplinary team?
Each multidisciplinary cancer care team is comprised of different physicians and specialties, but they typically include medical and radiation oncologists, surgical specialists, pathologists, radiologists, and medical specialists. The team also includes dedicated registered nurse navigators who help patients schedule appointments and meetings with the team, provide education, and recommend support programs and services. The exact composition of a team depends on the type of cancer.
Why should patients want a multidisciplinary team involved in their care?
The earlier cancer is detected and correctly diagnosed and treated, the better the patient’s chances for a successful outcome. A best treatment option given in a timely manner is extremely important, making teamwork and collaboration on behalf of the patient a crucial step. Additionally, working with a multidisciplinary team can help eliminate conflicting opinions and allow patients and doctors to focus on a single, coordinated plan of care.