Your health care team

During chemotherapy you will be cared for by a range of health professionals who specialise in different aspects of your treatment. This is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) and it may include some or all of the professionals listed below.

Note that only some patients see a cancer care coordinator. It is important to maintain or develop a relationship with a general practitioner (GP). This health professional will be involved in your ongoing care, particularly once the cancer treatment finishes.


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The different roles

 

GP

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

medical oncologist or haematologist

treats cancer with drug therapies such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy (these are known as systemic treatments)

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

cancer care coordinator

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

nurse

administers drugs, including chemotherapy, and provides care, information and support throughout your treatment

palliative care specialist and nurses

work closely with the GP and oncologist to help control symptoms and maintain quality of life

pharmacist

dispenses medicines and gives advice about dosage and side effects

dietitian

recommends an eating plan to follow while you are in treatment and recovery

social worker

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

occupational therapist, physiotherapist

assist with physical and practical problems, including restoring movement and mobility after treatment and recommending aids and equipment

psychologist, counsellor

help you manage your emotional response to diagnosis and treatment


This information was last reviewed in August 2018
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