Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for brain tumours

Your treatment and care will be managed by a group of health professionals with expert knowledge in treating brain tumours. This is called the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

In most hospitals, a team of specialists meet to plan your treatment. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) may include the following:

  • a neurosurgeon – a doctor who operates on the brain or nervous system
  • a neurologist – a doctor who treats illnesses of the brain and nervous system
  • a clinical oncologist – a doctor who treats cancer with radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • a specialist nurse – who gives information and support to people with brain tumours.

It may also include other healthcare professionals such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, neuropsychologist, speech and language therapist (SLT) or counsellor.

The MDT gives advice about your treatment based on results of your tests and your general health.

Your doctor and nurse then talk to you about your treatment options. Together you make a decision about your treatment plan. Make sure you ask questions about anything you do not understand or feel worried about.

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