A team of breast cancer specialists will support you during your treatment

During your treatment you will be cared for by a team of specialists with expertise in breast cancer. This team is known as your breast care team or multidisciplinary team (MDT).

Your team will include a breast care nurse (also known as a key worker) who will support you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and follow up. You can contact your breast care nurse at any time during working hours. Ask your breast care team who to contact if you need out-of-hours care or support.

Your breast care team will also normally include:

  • A breast surgeon and their supporting team
  • An oncologist (a cancer specialist trained in chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy)
  • A radiographer and a radiologist (specialists in the use and analysis of x-rays and other imaging methods)
  • A pathologist (a specialist in the diagnosis of disease through the study of tissues and cells)

Your breast care team will also keep your GP updated with details of your diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in a rural area, you may have to travel to a regional hospital to be seen by a breast care team. However, your local hospital should be supported by a regional breast care team, meaning you may be able to receive some aspects of your care locally.

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Information last reviewed: November 2017

Next review due: November 2020

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