50.007 Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Follow-Up


Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Follow-Up: To ensure all Texans with a suspected or proven diagnosis of cancer receive appropriate, comprehensive, and evidenced-based care, TMA recommends that physicians involved in a cancer program follow the latest Program Standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and that all patients should have access to, as a minimum: (1) an accurate diagnosis obtained through the most minimally invasive biopsy, resection, or test necessary to provide an accurate cancer diagnosis; (2) a proper workup and staging performed in accordance with the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system or other appropriate staging system; (3) a treatment plan developed by a multidisciplinary cancer conference, with recommended representation in the areas of genetic testing and counseling, palliative care, psychosocial care, and rehabilitation services; (4) appropriate management of pain and non-pain symptoms, screening and care for psychosocial distress, and support for health-related quality of life, including palliative care from diagnosis through end of life; (5) provision of a Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan that reflects the treatment the patient received and addresses post-treatment needs and follow-up care; and (6) appropriate long-term follow up to monitor cancer recurrence and evaluate outcomes of cancer care. TMA will continue to educate physicians on the latest recommendations related to the care of cancer patients throughout their life span and advocate for state programs and policies that promote access to cancer prevention, early detection, and cancer treatment and supportive services for all Texans (Amended CM-C Rep. 3-A-06; amended CM-C Rep. 1-A-16).

Last Updated On

October 07, 2016