2018-19 Cancer Network Annual Report

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Differentiated Orthopedic Care at Sentara

Team Approach

The Sentara Cancer Network is known for our teams of dedicated cancer specialists who provide compassionate care personalized for each patient’s unique situation. Our experts work collaboratively, always keeping the patient’s medical needs and personal preferences at the forefront of all decision-making. This dedicated focus bolsters patient confidence and trust in the care team.

Members from various teams at each of our hospitals work together in committees to review clinical quality metrics, analyze learning opportunities and discuss ways to improve timeliness and quality of care for all patients across the entire Sentara 
Cancer Network.


Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Team


About Our Tumor Boards

Cancer is a complex condition, and each patient’s medical situation requires an individualized care approach. Tumor boards are comprised of specialists from a variety of disciplines who meet to discuss the best ways to care for a patient’s specific diagnosis. Tumor boards meet regularly, and often times utilize web technology in order to incorporate specialists from multiple locations.

This multidisciplinary care team may consist of a medical, surgical and radiation oncologist, pathologists, diagnostic and radiologists, nurse navigators and social workers. Depending on the cancer type, a tumor board may also include gynecologists, urologists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, transplant surgeons, plastic surgeons and other experts.

One aspect that makes Sentara Cancer Network tumor boards unique is the ability to work together in an integrative network across all 12 hospitals. When needed, a tumor board may tap the expertise of cancer specialists at other Sentara hospitals. We leverage best practices to ensure patients receive the same high-quality treatment and care at every Sentara location.

“Each of our patients benefit from a team approach to cancer care. Not only do physicians from many different specialties meet at tumor boards to review patient cases and develop the best treatment plan, but our team throughout the entire cancer journey works together at every step of the way to provide comprehensive cancer care.”

— Richard Hoefer, D.O., Medical Director for Sentara Cancer Network