Our Multidisciplinary Approach

The team at Johns Hopkins is unique in three ways. First, experience matters and we have experience. For example, we recently published our more than 25-year experience treating neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas. Second, we have assembled of over 40 physicians and scientists that covers all of the modalities used to treat neuroendocrine tumors. We have significant expertise in the areas of surgery, oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, pathology, radiology and pain management. Third, and perhaps most importantly, the group works together as a team, and a multidisciplinary team approach is critical to providing our patients with the best care possible. Indeed, the pancreatic cancer research team at Hopkins The team won the prestigious "2013 Team Science Award" from the American Association for Cancer Research.

One thing that is special about the multidisciplinary team approach at Johns Hopkins is that it is not a "one-size-fits-all" approach. Instead, we recognize that patients with a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas, are best treated by teams of clinicians with expertise in the pancreas. Similarly, patients with a neuroendocrine tumor of the lung are best treated by teams of clinicians with expertise in the lung. We have therefore organized our multidisciplinary teams into organ-based units. Each organ-based team has extensive experience treating neuroendocrine tumors of that specific organ. For example, gastroenterologists (doctors who study the digestive system) are part of the multidisciplinary team that treats patients with a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas, but they are part of the team that treats neuroendocrine tumors of the lung. Instead, we add a pulmonologist (a lung doctor) to the multidisciplinary team treating patients with lung tumors. Our clinic coordinator can direct you to the team of specialists that is right for your disease.