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Sarcoma or Phaeochromocytoma? Lessons from multi-disciplinary team working

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Author(s): Paul Grant | Omar Mustafa | Val Lewington | John Quin

Journal: Endocrinology Studies
ISSN 2038-9515

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e10;
Date: 2011;
Original page

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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