In most hospitals, a team of specialists will talk to you about the treatment they feel is best for your situation. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a dermatologist (skin disease specialist)
- a general surgeon
- a plastic surgeon
- a medical oncologist (chemotherapy specialist)
- a clinical oncologist (radiotherapy and chemotherapy specialist)
- a skin cancer nurse specialist
- radiologists, who analyse x-rays and scans
- pathologists, who advise on the type and extent of the cancer.
The specialists will talk to you about your treatment options, and about what to expect. They will answer any questions you have. You may be asked if you would like to take part in a clinical trial.
If you have any questions about your treatment, ask your doctor or nurse to explain things to you. It often helps to make a list of questions and to take a relative or close friend with you. They can remind you of questions you want to ask and help you remember what was said.
Your MDT will plan the most suitable treatment for you. Many people are happy with the treatment plan, but some people want a second opinion.
You will need to give permission (consent) before any treatment starts.