How does a Multidisciplinary review work?
A multidisciplinary team (MDT) of dedicated health professionals work together, in each speacilty to diagnose, treat and support all patients with cancer. The team is made up of a combination of healthcare professionals with each member of the team contributing different skills and experience that are important in managing your care.
An MDT will generally include: Physicians, Surgeons, Radiologists, Pathologists, Oncologists and Clinical Nurse Specialists.
In some cases other healthcare professionals may also be involved with your treatment including: Inpatient Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians, Speech Therapists and Oncology Pharmacists.
What happens at a multidisciplinary meeting?During the MDT meeting the team will review your medical history, breast scans and test results. Personal or other health information that you have disclosed to any member of the team, including your general practitioner, may be shared at the meeting if relevant to your treatment, unless you request otherwise.
All meeting attendees are bound by the same confidentiality as would be the case in face-to-face consultation.
What happens after the meeting?After the meeting, your Consultant, who is managing your care, will tell you what course of action the team recommends. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and ask questions, you will also be able to specify any preferences you have for treatment.
The final decision about your treatment plan is made in consultation with you. Our Clinical Nurse Specialist will also be available for support and can offer a variety of written information to help you reach a decision.
What if I have a question?
If you have any questions about your team, or about the meeting at which your case will be discussed, your Consultant managing your care will be happy to answer these questions.
You will also have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) who will be your Key Worker throughout your treatment. Your CNS coordinates all aspects of your care from initial diagnosis through to treatment and recovery.
During your treatment you will provided with the direct contact details for the CNS should you have any queries or questions.
The Wellington has a number of multidisciplinary teams who meet regularly to review cases. MDT's are created to support decision making about an individual's treatment. If an MDT for your care is not listed below, please speak to the consultant in charge of your care or your clinical nurse specialist, who can advice you about the team who are reviewing your care.
Use the drop down list above to view the current health professionals involved in our MDTs