Virtual Tumor Boards
Connecting the strengths of university and community medicine
Tumor boards are recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as an essential component of excellence in cancer care. They bring together a range of medical disciplines for discussions on how to best care for patient with cancer.
Using state-of-the-art broadband telemedicine technology, teams of specialists from UC Davis Health's Cancer Care Network Cancer Centers and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center meet in videoconferences called "virtual tumor boards" to share medical information and agree on treatment options.
United in quality cancer care
The UC Davis Cancer Care Network has united affiliate cancer centers in the commitment to promote first-rate cancer care. Virtual tumor boards provide physicians opportunities to explore additional resources and treatment options, such as clinical trials or referrals for additional specialty care that may be beneficial.
Tumor boards allow physicians to:
- Draw on experiences from their own patients
- Tap specific or unique expertise of care team members
- Explore various options for clinical therapies, and
- Continuously expand and refine their knowledge base and refine their expertise to advance care.
Patients benefit from the collective experience of several specialists and the research prowess of a nationally renowned academic medical center, gaining improved opportunities for remission and cure.
The Virtual Tumor Board Project
The Virtual Tumor Board Project was founded by Dr. Frederick Meyers, associate dean for precision medicine and professor of internal medicine/hematology-oncology at UC Davis School of Medicine, with major funding from Blue Shield of California Foundation and support from the UC Davis Cancer Care Network sites.