The multidisciplinary team (MDT)
If you are having treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, your case should be reviewed by a pancreatic multidisciplinary team (MDT) at a specialist centre. The MDT is the team of health professionals who are responsible for your treatment and care. They will agree on the best treatment and care for you. Your doctor or nurse should tell you what the MDT recommend.
Your team should include a specialist nurse, sometimes called a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). They will be your main contact. They will provide expert support, care and advice. Not everyone will have a CNS. If you don’t, ask for details of who to contact with questions or concerns.
You may meet other members of the team, including:
- an oncologist – a doctor who is an expert in treating cancer
- a gastroenterologist – a specialist in diseases of the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver
- a dietitian – a professional who provides advice about diet and nutrition
- a patient care coordinator – who works with the medical team to coordinate your care. They may not be available in all hospitals, or may be called different things.
You may also see other health professionals at different stages.