Your treatment will be planned by a multidisciplinary team made up of different health professionals.
The professionals who make up your multidisciplinary team will depend on your type of cancer.
For example, not all cancers can be treated with surgery.
The multidisciplinary team may include:
- A medical oncologist: a specialist doctor who treats cancer with drugs, including chemotherapy.
- A clinical oncologist or radiotherapist: a doctor who treats cancer with radiotherapy and may also prescribe chemotherapy.
- A surgeon: your surgeon will have a special interest in your type of cancer.
- A haematologist: a specialist doctor who diagnoses and treats blood disorders.
- A pathologist: a specialist doctor who examines body tissues and organs under the microscope.
- A radiologist: a specialist in the use of X-rays and other imaging to diagnose and treat disease, with a special interest in your type of cancer.
- A specialist nurse: a nurse who provides information and support.
Other healthcare specialists for example, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers or physiotherapists may also be represented on this team and be involved in your care.
The multidisciplinary team meets regularly to discuss the best treatment options for each patient in their care, taking into account the results of tests and your general health.
Your doctor will then discuss the different treatment options available to you, taking into account your own preferences.
You may find it helpful to take a family member or friend with you when your treatment is being discussed.