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 (liver disease specialist)
  • a surgeon who specialises in liver cancers
  • a medical oncologist (chemotherapy specialist)
  • a clinical oncologist (radiotherapy and chemotherapy specialist)
  • a nurse specialist
  • radiologists who help to analyse x-rays and scans
  • pathologists who advise on the type and extent of the cancer.

It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as 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 treatment, what it involves and the possible side effects. You and your doctor can decide on the best treatment for you. You will probably also want to talk it over 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 own treatment, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or nurse. It often helps to make a list of questions and to take a relative or close friend with you.

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Getting a second opinion

There are many reasons for wanting a second opinion about your treatment. Speak to your specialist or GP.

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.