The treatment of a tumor often involves various successive therapeutic modalities. Surgery is also a frequent component of this so-called multimodal therapy.
The different therapy concepts depend on the tumor entity at hand.
For example, surgery may be performed after pretreatment of the tumor with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or surgery may be performed first followed by radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
The recommendation for surgery and the timing of surgery in multimodality therapy is made after joint consultation of all participating physicians in the tumor board.
Likewise, surgery alone may be recommended as the therapy of choice.
The various forms of therapy are weighed against each other and a treatment plan is drawn up individually for each patient.