The Cancer Care Team
Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)
After a diagnosis of cancer has been made, your doctor is likely to talk about your diagnosis with the cancer care team they work with. This is known as a Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).
You may be asked to attend an appointment where the MDT talks about how best to treat your cancer, and coordinate your treatment and care. This team includes experts who will review the diagnosis and tests performed, and considers all parts of your treatment and recovery.
The purpose of the MDT is to decide on the best treatment for your cancer and to help you regain the best function possible in the long-term.
The Roles of the Head and Neck Cancer Care Team
|Dentist/Oral Medicine Specialists
|are healthcare professionals who care for the mouth and teeth. Mouth care is very important in Head and Neck Cancer, especially if radiation therapy is needed
|are healthcare professionals who give food and dietary advice
|Head & Neck Cancer Surgeons
|are specialist doctors who remove cancers in the face, mouth, throat and neck. This includes surgeons with a background in otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat), general surgery, maxillofacial surgery, and reconstructive surgery. If surgery is required, the head and neck surgeon will carry out the procedure
|are specialist doctors who are experts in the use of medicines like chemotherapy to treat cancer
|are healthcare professionals who are experts in the care of people with cancer, and work with all members of the cancer care team. Often, specialist cancer nurses are part of the MDT. They will help to plan and coordinate your care
|Palliative Care Team
|are specialist doctors and nurses who have expertise in managing symptoms and improving quality of life, often in patients where the cancer can’t be cured
|are specialist doctors who are experts in looking at cells under a microscope and determining if they are cancer
|are healthcare professionals who assist people with worries about coping and living with cancer (mental health)
|are specialist doctors trained in the use of carefully directed radiation to treat cancer
|are healthcare professionals who deliver the radiation treatment prescribed by the radiation oncologist
|Radiation & Nuclear Medicine Specialists
|are specialist doctors who interpret scans such as CT, MRI and PET scans
|are specialist doctors with expertise in reconstructing the head and neck. Some head and neck surgeons also do reconstructive surgery, depending on their training and experience
|are healthcare professionals who provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer
|are healthcare professionals who work with people who have difficulties speaking or swallowing