Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for primary bone cancer

A team of health professionals will work with you to plan your treatment for primary bone cancer.

Primary bone cancers (also called bone sarcomas) are rare, so you should always be referred for treatment at a specialist sarcoma unit. A team of specialist doctors and other professionals will work together to manage your treatment. This is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). It will include these professionals:

  • Surgeon – a doctor who specialises in bone cancers.
  • Oncologist – a doctor who specialises in cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapy.
  • Specialist nurse – a nurse who gives information and support about any aspect of your illness or treatment.
  • Radiologist – a doctor who specialises in reading scans and x-rays.
  • Pathologist – a doctor who specialises in looking at cells under a microscope and diagnosing the cell type.

The MDT may also include other healthcare professionals, such as the following:

  • Dietitian – someone who gives you information on how to get all the nutrients your body needs.
  • Physiotherapist – someone who can help if you have problems moving around.
  • Plastic surgeon – a surgeon skilled in rebuilding tissue.
  • Occupational therapist – someone who makes sure you are safe and comfortable at home. They may suggest and arrange small changes to the home.
  • Psychologist or counsellor – someone who can help you cope with any emotional problems.