Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for pancreatic cancer
In most hospitals, a team of specialists called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) will meet to discuss your treatment for pancreatic cancer. After the meeting, your specialist will talk to you about the types of treatment you may be able to have.
The MDT will include:
- a surgeon who specialises in surgery for pancreatic cancer
- oncologists – doctors who treat cancer with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted and immunotherapy drugs
- a pathologist – a doctor who is an expert in cell types and examines cells and tissue under a microscope
- a radiologist – a doctor who reads x-rays and scans
- an endoscopist – a doctor who does endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) or endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP)
- a specialist nurse who can give information and support.
The MDT may also include other healthcare professionals, such as:
- a dietitian
- a physiotherapist
- an occupational therapist
- a palliative care doctor or nurse who specialises in symptom control and supportive care
- a psychologist or counsellor.