Multidisciplinary Units

Our different clinical services constitute the basis around which the healthcare activity at MD Anderson Cancer Center Madrid is organized.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of MD Anderson Madrid is the multidisciplinary character of the medical team. The more than 150 specialists making up our center are part ofMultidisciplinary Units specializing in each type of tumor, in which their work is coordinated to develop personalized treatments for each patient.
This means that any single case has the benefit of the joint vision of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists who work closely together and contribute their knowledge and experience to make the treatment a success.
Furthermore, there is a solid, continuous relationship between the professionals at MD Anderson Madrid and those at MD Anderson in Houston, sharing protocols for the more complex cases in clinical sessions. This multidisciplinary approach to cancer allows a team of specialists to work together to ensure the best possible treatment for each patient.


Pelvic Tumor Surgery Unit

The Pelvic Tumor Surgery Unit deals with a wide variety of cancerous tumors, all of which occur in the pelvic region of the body: cancer of the rectum and anal canal; endometrial, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer; cancer of the prostate and the bladder; sarcomas and relapsed cases of all of the above.

Different medical specialties deal with the treatment of each tumor depending on its origin; on occasions specialists have to work together, including plastic, vascular and/or orthopedic surgeons. In addition is the work of the medical oncologists and/or radiotherapists applying neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapies as necessary.

The pelvis is a complex part of the body where a number of organs and systems are located: the digestive tract, the genital organs and the male and female reproductive organs. The main blood vessels and nerves of the lower limbs and reproductive organs also go through the pelvis: all of this inside a rigid armour of bone making access difficult. This means that approaching a tumor in the area is complicated and requires very accurate knowledge of the body and, in some cases, the team work of various specialists.

To be able to deal with these tumors, which often affect several organs, the unit comprises various surgical specialists: Gastroenterologist, Urologist, Gynecologist, Orthopedic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon and Vascular Surgeon. On occasions, before and/or after surgery further treatment is required with chemo and/or radio therapy and, therefore, the unit works with Medical Oncologists and Radiotherapists specialized in these tumors. In addition, other specialists like Radiologists, Anatomopathologists, Nutritionists or Stomal Therapists work together to make the unit work.

The main problem with pelvic tumors in comparison with tumors in other parts of the body is the higher risk of the tumor reappearing after initial removal. Therefore, the probability of the tumor reappearing is directly linked to the quality of the first surgical procedure.

Therefore, these tumors must be treated from the initial diagnosis by experienced specialists to reduce the chances of the tumor reappearing to minimum.

However, treating the tumor at a specialized unit reduces the incidence of common side effects of this kind of surgery, such as sexual or bladder dysfunction.