To beat cancer, it takes a team of experts.
Our weekly neuroendocrine multidisciplinary clinic (MDC) includes specialized radiologists, pathologists, surgical oncologists, interventional radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, clinical researchers, oncology nurse practitioners, oncology social workers, rehabilitation specialists, registered dietitians and genetic counselors.
Improved patient experience
Many patients will experience the dynamic multidisciplinary team by having one appointment that will include their medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and surgeon together. This team will present an agreed upon plan for treatment to the patient. The patient benefits from hearing from each discipline and being able to ask questions of all the team at one time. In addition, each case is reviewed at the MDC by over 15 specialists. This removes the burden from the patient to interpret treatment recommendations from separate appointments. It also reduces scheduling, travel and wait time until treatment, common obstacles to timely care.
Single point of contact
Our nurse practitioner is dedicated to helping patients understand treatment options and find support, from time of referral and throughout their care. Patients gain easy access to the MDC within one week.
From Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, all of UCHealth’s cancer care clinics are seamlessly integrated into University of Colorado Cancer Center in Aurora, the top cancer research institute in the Rocky Mountain region and one of 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S.
Our team rapidly evaluates each case, which reduces time to diagnosis and plan consensus. This can result in faster time to treatment and survivorship.
Referring providers updated
Communication is provided from the initial appointment through treatment and aftercare.
Expertise and understanding
Patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NET) often have delayed or misdiagnosed symptoms. Rest assured, we know the challenges people experience and have some of the nation’s top specialists—who have extensive experience and training from institutions such as Harvard, Mayo and Johns Hopkins. We use an evidence-based approach when designing each person’s care plan.
Each patient has access to new and innovative care. The team evaluates each patient for clinical trial eligibility, sometimes offering therapies years before they are widely available.
The MDC is run by Thomas Purcell, MD, MBA. Dr. Purcell is also the Associate Director for Clinical Services of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services at University of Colorado Hospital.