Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for cancer during pregnancy

A group of health professionals with expert knowledge in your type of cancer is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT), who will work with your obstetrician and midwife.

A team of different specialists will work together to plan how best to treat the cancer during your pregnancy. You can read more about MDTs in our information on the type of cancer you have.

The MDT may include:

  • a specialist surgeon
  • a cancer doctor (oncologist) or a blood cancer doctor (haematologist)
  • specialist nurses
  • a doctor who cares for women during pregnancy and childbirth (obstetrician)
  • a midwife
  • a doctor who is expert in caring for new-born babies (neonatal doctor) if your baby is going to be delivered early.

The MDT may also include other health care professionals:

  • a psychologist or a counsellor if you need more specialised emotional help
  • a social worker who gives emotional support and advice on other types of support and care you can get
  • a dietitian if you have difficulties with your diet or getting enough nutrition in pregnancy
  • a physiotherapist who can give you advice on things like movement or any exercises you may need to do, for example after surgery.

After the meeting, your specialist doctor and nurse will talk to you about your treatment options. During treatment, you will be cared for in a specialist cancer centre.

Your doctors may also arrange for your pregnancy care to happen in the same hospital. You can talk to your team about your preferences. For example, you could talk to them about how you would like to give birth. You can contact your specialist nurse and a midwife for more information and support.

This information was produced in partnership with Mummy's Star.

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