Integrated media presentation in multidisciplinary head and neck oncology meetings

Ricard Simo, Peter Morgan, Jean-Pierre Jeannon, Edward Odell, John Harrison, Bernice Almeida, Mark McGurk, Andrew Lyons, Karim Hussain, Michael Gleeson, Mary O'Connell, Frances Calman, Roy Ng, Paul Roblin, Steve Connor, Michael Fenlon, Mary Burke, Ashish Chandra, Amanda Herbert, Sarah PattLizzie Steward-Bagley, Rachael Donnelly, Lesley Freeman, Claire Twinn, Carolyn Mason

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Multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs) are an essential part of the management of head and neck cancer. Practice care guidance set up by the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists has recommended that MDMs should have appropriate projection equipment for computer-generated images so that all members of group have access to the same information. The aim of this paper is to review our experience with the integrated visual presentation of head and neck oncology patients and to demonstrate its advantages over conventional approaches. Digital photographs are taken of patients and of their index tumour at presentation or at the time of diagnostic endoscopy. All relevant pre-treatment digitised images from tumour sites and radiological images and histological slides are incorporated into a single presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint software(A (R)). During the past 2 years, on-line radiological scans have also become accessible for the meeting to aid treatment planning. Subsequently, all peri-operative pictures and post-surgical macroscopic and microscopic histopathological images are added to each patient's presentation, which is then hyperlinked into the agenda. The Guy's and St Thomas' Head and Neck Cancer Centre treats over 400 patients a year, and since 2002, all new cancer diagnoses have been discussed in the weekly MDM as described above. A total of 1,638 presentations have been incorporated in a centralized database that is updated in the event of recurrence, further primary tumours or other clinical developments. Satisfactory documentation and staging of head and neck tumours must include a verbal description, accurate measurement, diagrammatic representation, photographic recording and appropriate radiological imaging. Integrated presentation at MDM collates all relevant findings for clinical management decisions on patients with head and neck cancer. This approach is also an extremely valuable adjunct to long-term clinical monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261 - 265
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009


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