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Sarcoma or Phaeochromocytoma? Lessons from multi-disciplinary team working

Paul Grant, Omar Mustafa, Val Lewington, John Quin
  • Omar Mustafa
    Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Sussex County Hospital, United Kingdom
  • Val Lewington
    Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal Marsden Hospital, United Kingdom
  • John Quin
    Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Royal Sussex County Hospital, United Kingdom

Abstract

An issue in the practice of oncology is the patient with a rare malignancy, where the challenge to the clinician is to rapidly understand the diagnosis and prioritise the best management approach. We present the case of a patient who was initially thought to have a malignant sarcoma and was eventually found to have an unusual, aggressive neuroendocrine tumour. This case stresses the importance of multi-disciplinary team (MDT) working and good communication and raises the pertinent issue of risk analysis in such settings. The case has greater relevance as it has led to a re-evaluation of how such cases are handled and heralded the introduction of a system of internal peer review.

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Submitted: 2011-07-09 16:43:34
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