Providence Cancer Center for Clinicians

Cancer conferences

Also known as: Tumor conference

Providence Cancer Center offers tumor-specific multidisciplinary cancer conferences at several Portland-area locations and via remote web access. Regardless of geographic distance, providers may tap into the expertise of our experienced multidisciplinary team to discuss patients with highly suspected or diagnosed cancers.

Our cancer conferences provide a forum for providers to:

  • Present prospective cases
  • Consult with medical peers across specialties to discuss best practices and treatment strategies
  • Explore treatment options for clinical therapies
  • Advance care for patients throughout Oregon and southwest Washington

Case Submission Process and Schedule
Case submissions must be submitted through the online case submission form. This allows our conference coordinating team to have all required information for our pathology and diagnostic imaging department to prepare case presentations.

Online form from a Providence computer
Instructions to access the online form from an external computer  

Required information includes:   

  • Patient’s name–spelling is critical
  • Medical record number, if known
  • Date of birth
  • Diagnosis (not code)
  • Attending/Presenting physician
  • Intended cancer conference (we have ten)
  • Location of pathology
  • Location of diagnostic films

Add-on/Cut-off guidelines
Providence’s Diagnostic Imaging and Pathology departments require advance notice to prepare films and pathology information: 24-48 hours for items within the Providence system, or 48-72 hours for items outside of Providence. Please see recommended cut-off times below. In most instances, cases submitted after the cut-off date may still be presented, but may not have their films and pathology available. Some conferences allow cases to be presented ad-hoc.

Conference Frequency Day Time Campus/Room Case Submission Deadline

Brain
Monthly 1st Friday
7-8 a.m. PSVMC
Brain Institute
Wed.,
Prior, Noon

Breast
Weekly Wednesday
7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Mon.,
Noon
Breast Weekly Thursday
12:30-1:30 p.m. PSVMC
Tues.,
Noon
G.I. Weekly Friday 7-8 a.m. PPMC Rad Onc Conf Rm G Level Wed.,
Noon
General Cases PNMC Monthly 3rd Tuesday Noon-1 p.m. PNMC Board Room Fri. prior,
Noon
General Cases PPMC Weekly Thursday 7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues.,
Noon
General Cases PWFMC Monthly 3rd Thursday 7-8 a.m. PWFMC Tues. prior,
Noon
 Genitourinary  2x / month 1st & 3rd Thursday  7-8 a.m.  1st Thurs: PSVMC Rad Onc CR
3rd Thurs: PPMC Rad Onc CR 
Tues. prior, Noon 

Hematology
Leukemia/
Lymphoma
2x / month 1st & 3rd
Wednesday
7-8 a.m. POP3
PATHOLOGY
3rd Floor
Mon. prior,
Noon
Liver Weekly Wednesday 7-8:30 a.m. PPMC Rad Onc Conf Rm G Level Mon.,
Noon
Melanoma Monthly 2nd Thursday 7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues. prior,
Noon
Oral, Head & Neck 3x/month 1st, 3rd, 4th, & 5th
Thursday
7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues., Noon
 Thoracic Weekly Monday 7-8:30 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Thurs.,
Noon

Thoracic
Weekly Wednesday 7-8 a.m. PSVMC
Rad Onc Conf Rm
Mon., Noon
Thyroid Monthly 4th
Thursday
7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues. prior, Noon

Forms Instructions

Cancer Conference Instructions

Information for Healthcare Professionals on how to access Providence Cancer Conferences.