A team of specialists meet to discuss the best treatment for you. This team is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). It includes:
- an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon – a specialist in treating cancer of the larynx
- a plastic and reconstructive surgeon – a surgeon skilled in rebuilding tissue in the head and neck
- a cancer doctor (oncologist) – a doctor who specialises in cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy
- a therapeutic radiographer – who works closely with the doctors to plan and give radiotherapy
- a radiologist – a doctor who specialises in reading scans and x-rays
- a pathologist – a doctor who specialises in looking at cells under a microscope and diagnosing the cell type
- a specialist nurse – a nurse who gives support and information about the cancer or treatment
- a speech and language therapist (SLT) – a therapist who specialises in helping with communication and swallowing problems
- a dietitian – someone who gives advice about getting all the nutrients your body needs
- a restorative dentist – a specialist dentist who makes sure your teeth look as normal as possible, and work as naturally as they can.
The MDT often includes a number of other healthcare professionals. These may include:
- a dentist
- an oral hygienist
- a physiotherapist
- an occupational therapist
- a psychologist or counsellor.
After the meeting, one or more of the team will explain your treatment options to you and answer any questions you have. It may help to bring a list of questions. You might also want to bring a family member or friend with you to the appointment.