The cancer care team

The cancer care team

After you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, 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 MDT (multidisciplinary team). 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 consider 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 cancer care team may include: 
Endocrinologists specialist in diagnosing and treating disorders of the endocrine system
Endocrine surgeons specialist on the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands and the pancreas
Head & Neck surgeons 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
Nuclear medicine specialists specialist doctor with expertise in interpreting scans such as CT, MRI and PET
Nurses 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
Pathologists specialist doctors with expertise in looking at cells under a microscope and determining if the person has cancer
Psychologists healthcare professionals who assist people with worries about coping and living with cancer (mental health)
Social workers  healthcare professionals who provide practical and emotional support to people living with cancer