In most hospitals a team of specialists will plan the treatment they feel is best for your situation. This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a surgeon (who specialises in lung cancer)
- an oncologist (a cancer doctor who specialises in radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapies)
- a doctor who is an expert in chest and breathing conditions
- a nurse specialist
- radiologists who help to analyse x-rays and scans
- pathologists who advise on the type and extent of the cancer.
The team may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a palliative care doctor or nurse who specialises in symptom control, dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist (OT), psychologist or counsellor.
After the MDT meeting, your doctor and specialist nurse will talk to you about the best treatment plan for your situation. They will explain the benefits and disadvantages of different treatments.
If you smoke, your doctor may advise you to try to stop smoking. Giving up can have a positive effect on your treatment. Your GP should be able to offer different treatments to help you quit. Whether or not you stop should not affect the treatment plan your team offer you.
Our section about giving up smoking has practical tips on how to stop smoking and stay stopped.