Your health care team for stomach cancer

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 different roles

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

This information was last reviewed in September 2017
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