Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for kidney cancer

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

What is a MDT?

A team of specialists will meet to discuss the best treatment for you. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) for kidney cancer will include:

  • a urologist – a surgeon who specialises in treating problems of the urinary system
  • an oncologist – a specialist in cancer treatments, such as chemotherapytargeted therapy drugs and radiotherapy
  • a urology nurse specialist – someone who gives information and support
  • a radiologist – a specialist who helps to analyse scans and x-rays
  • a pathologist – a specialist who advises on the type and extent of the cancer.

It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a dietitian, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist (OT), a psychologist or a palliative care specialist.

Second opinion

Your multidisciplinary team (MDT) uses national treatment guidelines to decide the most suitable treatment for you. Even so, you may want another medical opinion. If you feel it will be helpful, you can ask either your specialist or GP to refer you to another specialist for a second opinion. Getting a second opinion may delay the start of your treatment, so you and your doctor need to be confident that it will give you useful information. If you do go for a second opinion, it may be a good idea to take a relative or friend with you, and have a list of questions ready, so that you can make sure your concerns are covered during the discussion.