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IU Health Arnett doctors give us inside look at "Tumor Board"

Doctors say it has been a helpful part of the cancer-curing process.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 3:57 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 9:36 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — IU Health Arnett doctors have given News 18 an inside look at what happens after being diagnosed with cancer.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're learning about a term called the Tumor Board.

Doctors say it has been a helpful part of the cancer-curing process.

“The Tumor Board is essential I think to the treatment of breast cancer because it's really a place where we can all sit together and talk over what is best for the patient,” said Medical Oncologist Dr. Vandana Raman.

The Tumor Board consists of radiologists, oncologists, pathologists, surgeons and nurses, each using their expertise to create their patient's treatment plan.

“Sort of an integrated approach, which is so important and so we know what the surgeon is thinking of, what the medical oncologist is concerned about, those are really decisions that can be made only with getting together,” said Raman.

Dr. Raman said through advancements in medication and the Tumor Board, doctors have been able to find therapies that'll reduce the size of cancer cells and ease the discomfort that comes along with cancer therapy.

“These days chemotherapy, as well as targeted therapy, has evolved to such a degree that we have a lot of very good supportive medications, anti-nausea medicines, medicines to boost up the white-blood count, said Dr. Raman.

Raman said the Tumor Board meetings are all doctors on deck from diagnosis to cure.

“We are sitting together for about an hour each week and going over these patients,” said Dr. Raman.

Before doctors do their part in helping cure breast cancer, Raman said it's also important for women to do their part in getting their annual mammogram.

“There is a lot we can to make the treatment work better and the survivals are great, 5-year survival of more than 95% if the cancer is picked early and diagnosed early,” said Dr. Raman.

IU Health Arnett doctors recommend women with an average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Average risk means no family history of breast cancer or genetic abnormalities.

To schedule a same-day mammogram, call 765-448-8100 or learn more by visiting the IU Health Arnett website.

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