Your health care team
Often your general practitioner (GP) will arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms. If these tests do not rule out leukaemia, you will usually be referred to a specialist called a haematologist for further tests.
If chronic leukaemia is diagnosed, the haematologist will consider treatment options. Often these will be discussed with other health professionals at what is known as a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting. During and after treatment, you will see a range of health professionals.
To find cancer specialists, multidisciplinary teams and hospitals in NSW or ACT, you can visit the NSW Government website CanRefer.
Health professionals you may see
|haematologist*||diagnoses and treats diseases of the bone marrow, blood and lymphatic system; prescribes chemotherapy, targeted therapy and other drug therapies|
|radiation oncologist*||treats cancer by prescribing and overseeing a course of radiation therapy|
|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)|
|haematology nurse||administers chemotherapy and other drugs and provides care, support and information throughout treatment|
|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 and financial issues|
|psychologist, counsellor||help you manage your emotional response to diagnosis and treatment|
|physiotherapist, occupational therapist||help you with various physical and practical problems, including restoring movement and mobility after treatment and recommending aids and equipment|
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Dr Kate Melville, Haematology Staff Specialist, Calvary Mater Newcastle, and Conjoint Lecturer, The University of Newcastle; Karl Jobburn, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Haematology, Liverpool Hospital; Patricia Masters, Consumer; Karen Robinson, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Dr Emma Verner, Staff Specialist, Haematology, and Medical Director, Bone Marrow Transplant and Apheresis Unit, Concord Hospital, and Clinical Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney.
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