Improving regional cancer treatment multidisciplinary meetings (MDMs)

Cancer MDMs are a deliberate, regular, face-to-face (or videoconference) meeting to facilitate prospective multidisciplinary discussion of options for patients' treatment and care. Prospective treatment and care planning refers to making recommendations in real time, with an initial focus on the patient's primary treatment. These recommendations can only be as good as the information available to the range of specialists (surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, medical and radiation oncologists etc.) at each meeting. The final decision on the treatment is made by the patient in discussion with their lead clinician.

Improving cancer multidisciplinary meetings is a national priority contributing to the achievement of faster cancer treatment wait times. Link to an overview of the national work programme on the Ministry of Health website

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/cancer-programme/faster-cancer-treatment-programme/multidisciplinary-meetings

National guidance document

The Midland Cancer Network supports DHBs to implement improvements to cancer MDMs and the Midland Cancer MDM Action Plan provides an overview of the infrastructure in place as well as priorities for improvement.

Improving Midland Cancer Multidisciplinary Meetings Action Plan 2016