A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a team of healthcare professionals that will work with each other and with you to plan the treatment that is best for you.
Your sarcoma MDT will be based at a sarcoma specialist centre. After discussing your case, your sarcoma specialist or clinical nurse specialist will talk you through your options so you are included in deciding what treatment is best for you.
Your team will include:
Key worker / Clinical Nurse Specialist – offers support and advice, and acts as an important point of contact for patients when they have a concern.
Surgeon – treats cancer through the removal of tumours. Your surgeon will have special expertise in sarcoma.
Oncologist – a doctor who specialises in cancer treatment other than surgery, for example, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Radiologist – a doctor who specialises in diagnosing medical conditions through images, for example, x-rays.
Histopathologist – a doctor who identifies disease by studying a tissue sample.
You may also have treatment and care from other healthcare professionals, such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, prosthetist, orthotist, dietician, social worker, or psychologist.
Some types of sarcoma are treated in MDTs that do not treat sarcoma specifically but have expertise in treating the part of the body that is affected.
To read more about site-specific MDTs, click here.