Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for bladder cancer

A team of health professionals will work with you to plan the treatment that is best for your situation.

If you have bladder cancer a team of specialists meet to talk about the best treatment for you. They are called a multidisciplinary team (MDT).

The MDT look at national treatment guidelines or the latest evidence for bladder cancer. If you have any treatment preferences, your doctor or nurse will share them with the MDT.

The MDT will usually include the following professionals:

  • Urologist – a doctor who treats problems with the kidneys, bladder and male reproductive system.
  • Oncologist – a doctor who treats people who have cancer.
  • Urology specialist nurse – a nurse who gives information about cancer and support during treatment and follow up.
  • Radiologist – a doctor who looks at scans and x-rays to diagnose problems.
  • Pathologist – a doctor who looks at cells or body tissue under a microscope to diagnose cancer.
  • Stoma care nurse – a nurse who gives information and support to people who have a stoma.
  • Palliative care specialist – a doctor or nurse who specialises in symptom control.

The MDT may also include:

  • a dietitian
  • a physiotherapist
  • an occupational therapist (OT)
  • a psychologist or counsellor.
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