The South Wales regional NET Multidisciplinary Meeting (MDT) discusses patients on a monthly basis. The European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (ENETS) have guidance on expected pathology input into a NET MDT service. We assessed pathology reports submitted and discussed in 2016 for compliance with ENETS criteria, and determined the time from pathology reporting to MDT discussion. 117 patients had pathology submitted for review in 2016 and were assessed by one specialist NET pathologist. Of these, 105 pathology reports were available for audit, consisting of 60 biopsies and 45 surgical samples that were 55 and 11% complete respectively. Overall, only 36% of reports were complete. 26% of cases were submitted and discussed within one month of reporting, 62% taking 29 months to be submitted, and 12% were historical diagnoses for review.
Conclusion: Completeness of pathology reports are below the target level (36% vs target 100%). Surgical cases are particularly poor (11% complete). Time from reporting to referral was below standard with only 26% being discussed at the next MDT.
04 Dec 2017
UK and Ireland Neuroendocrine Tumour Society