Your cancer treatment will be planned by a team of health professionals. This team is called a multi-disciplinary team (MDT). Depending on what type of cancer you have, this may include a:
- medical oncologist – a doctor who specialises in treating cancer with chemotherapy and targeted therapy
- clinical oncologist – a doctor who specialises in treating cancer with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy
- radiologist – a doctor who specialises in reading scans and x-rays
- pathologist – a doctor who specialises in looking at cells under a microscope and diagnosing the cell type
- nurse specialist – a nurse who gives you information and support during treatment.
Your MDT will often include a pharmacist. They can give you information and advice about your medicines.
Your MDT will not usually include a diabetes specialist doctor or nurse. But some larger cancer centres may have one working as part of the team. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your diabetes team will often be asked for advice. When you meet your cancer doctor and specialist nurse you can ask if they have discussed your treatment with your diabetes team.
Some people have the option of joining a cancer research trial as part of their cancer treatment. These are called clinical trials. They are done to try to find new and better treatments for cancer. All clinical trials have strict guidelines about who can take part. Having diabetes may mean you cannot take part. Your cancer specialist can tell you whether you are suitable for a specific trial.