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.
To find cancer specialists, multidisciplinary teams and hospitals in NSW or ACT, you can visit the NSW Government website CanRefer.
|haematologist*||diagnoses and treats diseases of the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system; prescribes chemotherapy and other drug therapies; conducts stem cell transplants|
|medical oncologist*||treats cancer with chemotherapy and other drug therapies; 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 your 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)|
|haematology nurse||administers chemotherapy and other drugs, and provides care, information and support throughout treatment|
|dietitian||recommends an eating plan to follow while you are in treatment and recovery|
|pharmacist||dispenses medicines and gives advice about dosage and side effects recovery|
|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 recovery|
|physiotherapist, occupational therapist||assist with physical or practical problems, including restoring movement and mobility, and recommending aids and equipment|
|palliative care specialists* and nurses||work closely with the GP and cancer team to help control symptoms and maintain quality of life|
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Dr Ian Bilmon, Haematologist, Westmead and Sydney Adventist Hospitals; Dr Anne Capp, Radiation Oncologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle; Rachelle Frith, Clinical Nurse Consultant Haematology, Prince of Wales Hospital; Jason Gardner, Consumer; A/Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Samantha Rennie, Social Worker, Cancer Services, St George Hospital. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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