Cancer care team
A cancer care team, otherwise known as a multidisciplinary team, includes doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who meet regularly to plan treatment for people with newly diagnosed cancer. They also review the treatment plans of existing patients during or after their treatment.
The team will consider and recommend the best approach to cancer diagnosis, treatment and supportive care for people diagnosed with cancer. Discussion at a multidisciplinary team aims to ensure that treatment decisions are based on:
- best available evidence
- local policies
- clinical practice guidelines.
At multidisciplinary team meetings members consider:
- diagnostic staging information
- treatment options
- the circumstances and preferences of the person with cancer.
They then develop a consensus treatment plan and, in collaboration with the person with cancer, implement this individualised treatment plan.
There are over 200 cancer care teams operating across NSW that are focused on managing a range of cancer types.
Teams can include a range of cancer health professionals including :
- radiation oncologists
- medical oncologists
- social workers
- speech pathologists
- occupational therapists.
Our Canrefer lists specialist doctors who manage the day-to-day care of a person being diagnosed with and treated for cancer. To be listed they must be a member of a cancer care team. This means they regularly attend team meetings to discuss diagnosis and treatment for their patients.
Find cancer services, hospitals and specialists on CanRefer.