Diagnosis disclosure system

In 2007, following the publication of the Anti-Cancer League’s [Ligue contre le Cancer] national survey results and the first French national Cancer Plan, the Eugène Marquis Centre introduced a diagnosis disclosure system, as the moment a patient learns about their diagnosis can be a particularly intense time in their care. The aim of the system is to provide the best possible conditions for disclosing diagnoses to patients and providing care.

In 2007, following the publication of the Anti-Cancer League’s [Ligue contre le Cancer] national survey results and the first French national Cancer Plan, the Eugène Marquis Centre introduced a diagnosis disclosure system, as the moment a patient learns about their diagnosis can be a particularly intense time in their care. The aim of the system is to provide the best possible conditions for disclosing diagnoses to patients and providing care.

In addition to the diagnosis disclosure appointment, the system focuses on three main areas:

  • MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM MEETINGS
    MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM MEETINGS

    In oncology, multidisciplinary team meetings (MTMs) for diagnosing patients and/or deciding treatment plans involve at least three doctors from different specialist areas (usually a surgeon, a radiotherapist and an oncologist, sometimes a radiologist and an anatomopathologist) whose various skills are essential for making the best possible decisions (both diagnostic and therapeutic) to ensure that patients receive the best possible care in line with up-to-date national and international recommendations.

    In oncology, the decisions doctors make concerning each and every patient occur during MTMs, which ensures that patients are presented with a well-outlined and collective expert opinion, that is explained to them. The patient’s general practitioner is also informed of the decision.

  • PERSONALISED CARE PLAN
    PERSONALISED CARE PLAN

    Once a treatment decision has been made at the MTM, a personalised care plan is drawn up and explained to the patient at their diagnosis disclosure appointment.

    The personalised care plan helps patients to visualise the various stages of their treatment. It can be adapted at any time depending on what medical decisions are taken and how the patient’s condition progresses.

    It also provides an opportunity for professionals from different disciplines to share information, such as between the teams at the Eugène Marquis Centre, the patient’s general practitioner, independent nurses and all other individuals involved in caring for the patient.

    It helps to remind the patient of the names and contact details of everyone involved in their care and the frequency of future consultations and other appointments, such as imaging exams.

  • SUPPORT CONSULTATION
    SUPPORT CONSULTATION

    The paramedical support consultation is carried out either by a nurse or a radiotherapy technician, depending on the treatment envisaged.

    At the consultation, the healthcare professional helps the patient to go over what they have been told and what they have understood about their treatment as explained to them at their diagnosis disclosure appointment. The support consultation provides a space for patients to talk, obtain information and receive support.

    It gives patients the chance to discuss their worries regarding their illness and their treatment, as well as their feelings about their quality of life and their social, professional and family life.

    The healthcare professional tries their best to meet the patient’s needs, whether concerning their mental well-being, their diet, their lack of understanding or their pain. They also suggest ways to adapt the patient’s care and can refer them to the relevant staff members in the support care department.

    To make an appointment, call (+31) 02992 53029.