Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for gynaecological cancers
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, a team of specialists will meet to talk about the best treatment for you. They are called a multidisciplinary team (MDT).
The MDT look at national treatment guidelines or the latest evidence for the type of cancer you have. If you have any treatment preferences, your doctor will tell them about this.
If you have a gynaecological cancer, you should be treated by a specialist gynaecological cancer MDT. Gynaecological cancers include:
- cervical cancer
- fallopian tube cancer
- germ cell ovarian cancer
- ovarian cancer
- primary peritoneal cancer
- vaginal cancer
- vulval cancer
- womb cancer.
MDTs are based in larger cancer centres, so you may have to travel for your treatment. They will meet to discuss and decide the best treatment for you. They will consider your own wishes too.
Your MDT may include:
- a gynaecological oncologist – a surgeon who specialises in gynaecological cancers
- a gynaecologist – a doctor who treats problems with the female reproductive system
- clinical oncologists – doctors who specialise in cancer treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs
- a gynae-oncology nurse specialist – a nurse who will be your main contact and will make sure you get help and support throughout your treatment
- a plastic surgeon – a doctor who specialises in reconstructive surgery if you have vulval cancer
- a radiologist – a doctor who looks at scans and x-rays to diagnose problems
- a pathologist – a doctor who looks at cells or body tissue under a microscope to diagnose cancer.
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as:
- a dietitian
- a physiotherapist
- an occupational therapist
- a radiographer
- a psychologist
- a counsellor.
You should also be given a telephone number for your specialist nurse or key worker who you can contact if you have any questions when you get home.
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