A team of specialists will meet to discuss and decide on the best treatment for you. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a surgeon, who specialises in breast surgery and may also specialise in breast reconstruction
- a plastic surgeon, who specialises in breast reconstruction
- an oncologist (cancer specialist), who specialises in chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy
- a specialist breast care nurse, who gives information and support
- 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 research nurse, physiotherapist, psychologist, social worker or counsellor.
Your cancer team looks at different factors to help decide which treatments are likely to work best for you.
- the stage and grade of the cancer
- whether the cancer cells have hormone (oestrogen) receptors or HER2 receptors.
They will also assess the chance of your cancer coming back when planning how much treatment to offer you.
After the MDT meeting, your cancer specialist or nurse will talk to you about the best treatment for your situation.
They may sometimes use a computer programme such as PREDICT or Adjuvant Online. These can help to show how much having a treatment like chemotherapy will reduce the chance of the cancer coming back. You might find this helpful, especially if your doctor has asked you to make a decision about having chemotherapy.