Your health care team
Your GP will arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms. If these tests do not rule out cancer, you will usually be referred to a specialist, such as a haematologist or medical oncologist. The specialist will arrange further tests to work out if you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
If non-Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed, the specialist will consider your 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 who specialise in different areas of your care.
|haematologist*||diagnoses and treats diseases of the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system; prescribes chemotherapy, immunotherapy and other drug therapies; conducts stem cell transplants and CAR T-cell therapy|
|medical oncologist*||treats cancer with chemotherapy and other drugs such as targeted therapy; in some cases, may be the main treating specialist instead of a haematologist|
|radiation oncologist*||treats cancer by prescribing and overseeing a course of radiation therapy|
|radiation therapist||plans and delivers radiation therapy|
|cancer care coordinator||coordinates care, liaises with other members of the MDT and supports you and family throughout treatment; care may also be coordinated by a clinical nurse consultant (CNC) or clinical nurse specialist (CNS)|
|nurse or nurse practitioner||administers chemotherapy and other drugs; provides care, information and support throughout treatment|
|social worker||links you to support services and helps you with emotional, practical and financial issues|
|counsellor, psychologist||help you manage your emotional response to diagnosis and treatment|
|pharmacist||dispenses medicines and gives advice about dosage and side effects|
|dietitian||helps with nutrition concerns and recommends changes to diet during treatment and recovery|
|palliative care specialists* and nurses||work closely with your GP and cancer specialists to help control symptoms and maintain quality of life|
* Specialist doctor
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A/Prof Christina Brown, Haematologist, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Khaled Aly, Consumer; Kevin Bloom, Senior Social Worker, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Royal North Shore Hospital; Katrina Debosz, CAR-T and Lymphoma Nurse Practitioner, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Dr Samuel Dickson, Radiation Oncologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle; Dr Wojt Janowski, Haematologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Karen Maddock, Blood Transplant and Cell Therapy Nurse Practitioner, Westmead Hospital; Sheridan Wellings, Consumer.
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