Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for thyroid cancer
A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a group of health and social care professionals who decide the best treatment for you.
In most hospitals, a team of specialists will meet to discuss and decide which treatment will be best for you.
This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a surgeon who specialises in thyroid cancers
- an oncologist (a cancer doctor who specialises in radioactive iodine treatment, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy)
- an endocrinologist (a doctor who specialises in glands and hormones)
- a nurse specialist (sometimes referred to as your key worker)
- a radiologist (a doctor who advises on x-rays and scans)
- a nuclear medicine specialist (who analyses tests and scans that use radioactive substances, such as a thyroid scan)
- a pathologist (who advises on the type and extent of the cancer).
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a speech and language therapist, a dietitian, a physiotherapist, and a psychologist or counsellor.
After the team have met, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. You can ask questions about anything you do not understand or are worried about. They should also give you a telephone number for your nurse specialist or key worker, who you can contact if you have questions when you get home.
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