Your health care team
Your general practitioner (GP) will arrange the first tests to assess your symptoms. If these tests don’t rule out cancer, you will usually be referred to a specialist called a urologist.
The urologist will arrange further tests. If testicular cancer is diagnosed, the specialist will consider treatment options. Often these will be discussed with other health professionals at a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting. During and after treatment, you will see a range of health professionals who specialise in different aspects of your care.
To find cancer specialists, multidisciplinary teams and hospitals in NSW or ACT, you can visit the NSW Government website CanRefer.
|urologist*||treats diseases of the male and female urinary systems and the male reproductive system, including testicular cancer; performs surgery|
|fertility specialist*||diagnoses, treats and manages infertility and reproductive hormonal disorders; may be a reproductive endocrinologist or urologist|
|medical oncologist*||treats cancer with drug therapies such as chemotherapy; supports you through regular check-ups and reviews (surveillance)|
|radiation oncologist*||treats cancer by prescribing and overseeing a course of radiation therapy|
|nurse||administers drugs and provides care, information and support throughout treatment|
|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)|
|anaesthetist*||administers anaesthetic before surgery and monitors you during the operation|
|psychologist, counsellor||help you manage your emotional response to diagnosis and treatment|
|physiotherapist, occupational therapist||assist with physical and practical problems, including restoring movement and mobility after treatment and recommending aids and equipment|
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Prof Declan Murphy, Urologist and Director of Genitourinary Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Gregory Bock, Urology Cancer Nurse Coordinator, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, North Metropolitan Health Service, WA; A/Prof Nicholas Brook, Senior Consultant Urological Surgeon, Royal Adelaide Hospital and The University of Adelaide, SA; Clinical A/Prof Peter Grimison, Medical Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and The University of Sydney, NSW; Dr Tanya Holt, Senior Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Oncology Princess Alexandra Hospital Raymond Terrace (ROPART), QLD; Brodie Kitson, Consumer; Elizabeth Medhurst, Genitourinary and Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR) Nurse Consultant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Rosemary Watson, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Victoria.
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