A team of specialists will plan your surgery and support you before, during and after treatment. This is your multidisciplinary team (MDT). It can include:
- your surgeon
- other specialist doctors, such as a cancer doctor (oncologist)
- a specialist nurse
- other health professionals depending on your type of surgery.
You may not meet everyone in the MDT but together they help plan your treatment.
Before your surgery you will meet your surgeon. You may be treated by a surgeon at your local hospital. But with certain cancers you may have to go to a specialist surgeon at a hospital further away. You may be given the name of someone to contact for information and support throughout your treatment. This person is sometimes called a keyworker and may be your specialist nurse.
You may also meet other specialists depending on your individual needs. For example, you may meet a physiotherapist who will show you how you can prevent joint and muscle stiffness after your surgery.