You 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 gynaecological oncologist – a surgeon who specialises in gynaecological cancers
- oncologists - doctors who specialise in cancer treatments such a radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs
- a gynae-oncology nurse specialist – a nurse who will be your main contact and will make sure you get help and support throughout your treatment
- a plastic surgeon – a doctor who specialises in reconstructive surgery
- a radiologist – a doctor who analyses x-rays and scans
- a pathologist – a doctor 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 do not 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.