The Impact of Gynaecological Tumour Board Rounds on Patient Care

Document Type



Obstetrics and Gynaecology (East Africa)


Objective: The goal of this study was to determine the impact of tumour board rounds (TBRs) on the additional management of patients with gynaecologic malignancy.

Methods: A retrospective chart review of 1604 patients discussed between January 2011 and December 2013 at gynaecologic TBRs was conducted to determine the frequency and type of diagnostic discrepancies found post-TBRs and their potential impact on additional patient management. A discrepancy was defined as major if it affected patient management by cancelling, initiating, or modifying treatment; otherwise, the discrepancy was minor. Data collected included patients' demographics, pre- and post-TBR diagnoses, and management.

Results: The patients' mean age was 57.6 ± 14.1. Endometrial disease accounted for (43%) of the TBRs. The remaining sites were ovarian (25%), cervical (23%), and others (9%). Overall, 13.2% (n = 212) had a discrepancy; 3.4% (n = 54) of these discrepancies were major, and 9.9% (n = 158) were minor. Most major discrepancies related to changes in the tumours' primary site or stage, and most minor discrepancies were related to changes in tumour histotype. Among the 54 (25.5%) major discrepancies, 18 (33.3%) occurred in patients who had their additional management cancelled, 17 (31.5%) required chemotherapy, 4 (7.4%) required a change in the chemotherapy regimen, 10 (18.5%) required additional surgery, and 5 (9.3%) required chemoradiation.

Conclusion: The 13% frequency of discrepancies, approximately 26% of which were major and resulted in changes in patient management, highlights the importance of TBRs as a quality tool.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada