What Is Meaningful Participation for Physical Therapists in Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences and Tumor Boards?
Tumor boards are multidisciplinary team meetings composed of providers from different specialties who collaborate to provide comprehensive cancer care. Although the term “tumor board” may be used commonly in practice, these meetings are often referred to as multidisciplinary cancer conferences (MCCs) within the literature and are referred to as such in this article. At this time, there is no current literature describing the role of physical therapists (PTs) and rehabilitation professionals as part of the MCC or multidisciplinary tumor boards. Yet, PTs are often included as part of this multidisciplinary team in cancer care. This inclusion has not completely shifted to be the standard of practice, although PTs have a unique understanding of the human movement system in the presence and absence of disease, which is needed to intervene with functional limitations, and improve the patient’s independence and quality of life (QOL). The purpose of this article is to define MCCs, the benefits and barriers to participation as PTs, and possible next steps for rehabilitation professionals.
Weber S, Manzino AA, Wilson, CM, Booms ND. What is meaningful participation for physical therapists in multidisciplinary cancer conferences and tumor boards?. Rehabil Oncol. 2022 April;40(2)E36-E38. doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000299