How treatment is planned

In most hospitals, a team of specialists will meet to discuss the best treatment for you. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:

  • a hepatologist – a liver disease specialist
  • a surgeon who specialises in liver cancers
  • a medical oncologist – a doctor who specialises in giving chemotherapy
  • a clinical oncologist – a radiotherapy and chemotherapy specialist
  • an interventional radiologist – a doctor who uses imaging to help them give treatments such as ablation or embolisation
  • a nurse specialist
  • radiologists – who help to analyse x-rays and scans
  • pathologists – who advise on the type and spread of the cancer.

It may also include:

  • a palliative care doctor or nurse who specialises in symptom control
  • a dietitian
  • a physiotherapist
  • an occupational therapist (OT)
  • a psychologist or a counsellor.

After the meeting, your specialist doctor or nurse will talk to you about your treatment options. They will explain what each treatment involves and the possible side effects. You and your doctor can decide on the best treatment for you. You may also want to talk about it with your family or close friends.

If two treatments are likely to be equally helpful, your doctor may ask you to decide which one to have. Make sure you have enough information about the different options. You can then decide on the right treatment for you.

If you have any questions about your treatment, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse. It often helps to make a list of questions before the meeting. You can then write down the answers you get next to the questions. You might want to take a family member or close friend along with you for support.

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Getting a second opinion

Your treatment will be planned using national guidelines, but you may still want another medical opinion.

Making a complaint

Talking to your healthcare team can make it easier to cope. If you find talking difficult, there are things you can do.