Usually, a team of specialists have a meeting to discuss your case and agree on the most helpful treatment options for you. This is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting
The MDT will include a:
- cancer specialists with experience in treating lymphoma – these might be haematologists (doctors who specialise in treating blood cell disorders) and/or oncologists (doctors who specialise in treating cancer)
- a radiologist (a doctor who interprets the results of scans and x-rays)
- a pathologist (a doctor who examines tissue for lymphoma cells and tests them to find the type of lymphoma).
It may also include other specialists, such as a nurse specialist, pharmacist, dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist or counsellor.
The MDT will take into account several things when deciding which treatment is best for you, including:
- the type of lymphoma you have
- its stage
- which part(s) of your body are affected
- your general health
- your preferences.