Women diagnosed with this type of cancer should be treated by a specialist gynaecological cancer team. These teams are based in larger cancer centres, so you may have to travel for your treatment. They will meet to discuss and decide the best treatment for you. They will consider your own wishes too.
This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a surgeon who specialises in gynaecological cancers (gynaecological oncologist)
- a clinical oncologist (radiotherapy and chemotherapy specialist doctor who specialises in gynaecological cancers)
- a medical oncologist (chemotherapy specialist doctor who specialises in gynaecological cancer)
- a gynae-oncology nurse specialist
- a radiologist (a doctor who analyses x-rays and scans)
- a pathologist who examines cancer cells under a microscope and advises on the type and extent of the cancer.
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, radiographer, psychologist or counsellor.
After the team has met, your specialist will discuss your treatment options with you. You can ask questions about anything you don’t understand or are worried about. You should also be given a telephone number for your specialist nurse or key worker who you can contact if you have any questions when you get home.
You can also talk to our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00.