Your healthcare team

Listed below are the healthcare professionals that will most likely work as a multidisciplinary team to treat you:

general practitioner (GP)

assists you with treatment decisions and works in partnership with your specialist in providing ongoing care

medical oncologist

treats cancer with drug therapies such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy (systemic treatment)

radiation oncologist

treats cancer by prescribing and overseeing a course of radiation therapy

surgeon

surgically removes tumours and performs some biopsies; specialist cancer surgeons are called surgical oncologists

haematologist

diagnoses and treats diseases of the bone marrow, blood and lymphatic system; prescribes chemotherapy and other drug therapies

nurses

administer drugs and provide care, information and support throughout treatment; may be a community nurse, specialist palliative care nurse or a palliative care nurse practitioner

community nurse

visits you at home to supervise medical care, assesses your needs for supportive care, and liaises with your GP and MDT as required

cancer care coordinator

coordinates your care, liaises with other members of the MDT and supports you and your family throughout treatment; care may also be coordinated by a clinical nurse consultant (CNC) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS)

palliative care team

specialise in pain and symptom control and psychological support to maximise wellbeing and improve quality of life

dietitian

recommends an eating plan to follow during and after treatment

pharmacist

dispenses medicines and gives advice about dosage and side effects

physiotherapist

helps with maintaining movement and mobility, and preventing further injury

occupational therapist

assists in adapting your living and working environment to help you resume usual activities after treatment

social worker

links you to support services and helps you with emotional, practical and financial issues

psychologist, clinical psychiatrist

help you manage your emotional response to diagnosis and treatment

spiritual care practitioner

talks about spiritual matters and helps you reflect on your life and search for meaning; also known as spiritual care adviser, chaplain, pastoral carer

 


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