Your GP will arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms. If these tests do not rule out stomach cancer, you will usually be referred to a specialist doctor who will arrange further tests.
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). This team will meet regularly to discuss and plan the most appropriate treatment for you.
The health professionals who may be involved in your treatment include:
- gastroenterologist – specialises in disorders of the digestive system; performs endoscopies; inserts feeding tubes
- upper gastrointestinal surgeon – treats diseases of the upper digestive system with surgery; performs endoscopies; inserts a feeding tube if required
- medical oncologist – treats cancer with drug therapies such as chemotherapy and targeted therapy
- radiation oncologist – prescribes and coordinates the course of radiation therapy
- radiation therapist – plans and delivers radiation therapy treatment
- cancer nurse coordinator or clinical nurse consultant – coordinate your care, liaise with other members of the MDT, and support you and your family throughout treatment
- nurse – administers drugs, including chemotherapy; provides care, information and support
- dietitian – recommends an eating plan for your nutritional needs while you are in treatment and recovery
- physiotherapist – assists in physical rehabilitation and restoring movement after surgery
- social worker – links you to support services and helps you with emotional, practical and financial issues
- psychologist or counsellor – help you manage your emotional response to diagnosis and treatment
- palliative care team – specialise in pain and symptom control to maximise wellbeing and improve quality of life