A team of specialists will meet to discuss and agree on the best treatment for you.
This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will usually include:
- a surgeon who specialises in cancer of the larynx (an ear, nose and throat specialist)
- a surgeon who specialises in plastic and reconstructive surgery
- a clinical oncologist who specialises in radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapies
- a medical oncologist who specialises in chemotherapy and targeted therapies
- a therapeutic radiographer who works closely with the doctors to plan and deliver radiotherapy
- a radiologist who helps to interpret scans and x-rays
- a pathologist who advises on the type and extent of the cancer
- a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) who offers information and support
- a speech and language therapist (SALT) who specialises in the voice, speech and swallowing
- a dietitian who can advise you if you have problems with eating, drinking or weight loss
- a restorative dentist who advises on dental care before, during and after treatment.
The team may also include other healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists, oral surgeons, social workers, counsellors or psychologists.