There may be times when you need a lot of help and support from doctors, nurses and other carers, for example if you’re having treatments such as chemotherapy, or if you have troublesome symptoms. But at other times you may need very little help from your healthcare team, and you might only see them for check-ups.
If you’re having treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or radiotherapy, you will be under the care of a cancer specialist (oncologist). You will usually go to the hospital regularly for check-ups.
If you’re no longer having treatment to control the cancer, you might be referred to a palliative care doctor. These are specialists in controlling symptoms such as pain. They’re usually based in hospitals and hospices. The care you receive at home will also be important, and a number of people and organisations working closely together may be involved in your care.
On this page, we’ve listed the people who are most likely to be involved in your care when your cancer is advanced.
If you’re caring for someone with advanced cancer, you might find our information about practical support helpful. It gives information on the support available to carers.