Dr. Choyke on the Importance of Multidisciplinary Care in Prostate Cancer

Peter L. Choyke, MD, FACP
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018



Peter L. Choyke, MD, FACP, director, Molecular Imaging Program, head, Imaging Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI), discusses the importance of multidisciplinary care in prostate cancer.

In the treatment of patients with prostate cancer, a multidisciplinary approach is very important, says Choyke. Prostate cancer stretches over multiple disciplines, Choyke explains, meaning that different management strategies are needed at different stages of disease. Historically, a patient with prostate cancer would have to go and see each specialist separately to receive care.

A multidisciplinary approach gives each specialist the opportunity to see and understand the full scope of a patient’s treatment. If clinical parameters begin pointing in a different direction, Choyke says that it is important for everyone involved to know and deal with it accordingly. For example, the NCI has weekly multidisciplinary conferences to discuss patient care.


Peter L. Choyke, MD, FACP, director, Molecular Imaging Program, head, Imaging Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI), discusses the importance of multidisciplinary care in prostate cancer.

In the treatment of patients with prostate cancer, a multidisciplinary approach is very important, says Choyke. Prostate cancer stretches over multiple disciplines, Choyke explains, meaning that different management strategies are needed at different stages of disease. Historically, a patient with prostate cancer would have to go and see each specialist separately to receive care.

A multidisciplinary approach gives each specialist the opportunity to see and understand the full scope of a patient’s treatment. If clinical parameters begin pointing in a different direction, Choyke says that it is important for everyone involved to know and deal with it accordingly. For example, the NCI has weekly multidisciplinary conferences to discuss patient care.

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