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 Facility/Room Deadline
Brain
Monthly 1st Fri.
7-8 a.m. PSVMC
Brain Institute
Wed.
prior Noon
Breast
PPMC
Weekly Wed.
7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Mon.
Noon
Breast
PSVMC
Weekly Thu.
12:30-1:30 p.m. PSVMC
Conf Rm 21
Tues.
Noon
G.I. Weekly Fri. 7-8 a.m. PPMC Rad Onc Conf Rm G Level Wed. 
Noon
General Cases PNMC Monthly 1st Tue. 7-8 a.m.
PNMC Board Room Fri. prior
Noon
Hematology

2x / month 1st & 3rd
Wed.
7-8 a.m. Lync only meeting Mon. prior
Noon
Liver Weekly Wed. 7-8 a.m. PPMC Rad Onc Conf Rm G Level Tue. 
Noon
Melanoma Monthly 2nd Thu. 7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues. prior
Noon
Oral, Head & Neck 3x / month 1st, 3rd & 5th Thu. 7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues. Noon
Thyroid Monthly 4th
Thu.
7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Tues. prior Noon
 Thoracic Weekly Mon. 7-8 a.m. PPMC
EMC 2N
Thurs.
Noon
Thoracic Weekly Wed. 7-8 a.m. PSVMC
Rad Onc Conf Rm B Level
Mon. Noon

Forms Instructions

Cancer Conference Instructions

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