How will my treatment be planned?

Your treatment will be planned by a team made up of different healthcare professionals with different areas of expertise. We call this a multidisciplinary team.

As a private patient you are able to choose your consultant, who is responsible for your care. In line with best practice, your consultant will discuss your treatment options with professionals from other disciplines to ensure that you receive the very best care and advice available and that all treatment options are fully considered.

Depending on your needs and the type of cancer you have, the multidisciplinary team of professionals who specialise in your type of cancer might include:

  • A surgeon
  • A medical oncologist (a specialist doctor who treats cancer with drugs, including chemotherapy)
  • A clinical oncologist or radiotherapist (a specialist doctor who treats cancer with radiotherapy)
  • A radiologist who specialises in the use of x‑rays and other imaging to diagnose and monitor disease
  • A key worker, such as a specialist nurse, who acts as a point of contact for you and your family throughout your treatment and offers information and support
  • Other healthcare specialists (for example, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, physiotherapists) might also be part of your team and be involved in your care.

The multidisciplinary team meets regularly to discuss the best treatment options for each patient in their care. They will take into account the results of tests and your general health.

Your doctor will discuss the different treatment options available to you, taking into account the recommendations of the multidisciplinary team and your own preferences. You may find it helpful to take a family member or friend with you to your appointment when your treatment is being discussed.