In most hospitals, a team of specialists will meet to discuss and agree on the plan of treatment they feel is best for you. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will normally include:
- a urologist, who is a surgeon experienced in bladder surgery
- a specialist urology nurse, who gives information and support
- oncologists, who are doctors that have experience in bladder cancer treatment using chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiotherapy
- pathologists, who advise on the type of cancer and its extent
- radiologists, who analyse x-rays and scans.
Other staff are also available to help you if needed. They include physiotherapists, counsellors and psychologists.
Your doctor will talk to you about the best treatment for your situation. If you have any questions about your treatment, don’t be afraid to ask the doctor or nurse looking after you. It often helps to make a list of the questions you want to ask. You could also take a close relative or friend with you to help you remember what is discussed.