In most hospitals, treatment is planned by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). This team of specialists will meet to talk about the treatment they feel is best for your situation. After the MDT meeting, your specialist doctor or nurse will talk to you about your treatment options. You and your doctor can then decide together on the best treatment for you.
The MDT will include:
- a surgeon who specialises in stomach and other gastrointestinal cancers
- a medical oncologist (chemotherapy and targeted therapies specialist)
- a clinical oncologist (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapies specialist)
- a specialist nurse who gives information and support
- a dietitian who gives you advice about your diet
- a radiologist who analyses x-rays and scans
- a pathologist who advises on the type and extent of the cancer
- a palliative care doctor or a nurse who specialises in symptom control.
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as:
- a physiotherapist
- an occupational therapist (OT)
- a social worker,
- a psychologist or a counsellor.