In some hospitals, a team of specialists may meet to discuss and to decide on the best treatment for you. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) may include:
- an oncologist (cancer specialist) who specialises in giving chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy
- a specialist breast care nurse who gives information and support
- a specialist surgeon (if needed)
- a doctor or nurse who specialises in controlling symptoms
- a radiologist who analyses x-rays and scans
- a pathologist who advises on the type and extent of the cancer.
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a physiotherapist, dietitian, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker or counsellor.
Your specialist will discuss treatment options with you. Remember to ask questions about anything you don’t understand or feel worried about. You can discuss the benefits and disadvantages of different treatments with your specialist doctor or nurse. You can also talk to our cancer support specialists.