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People with breast cancer are cared for by a team of healthcare professionals, each with their own expertise. This is known as the multidisciplinary team (MDT). They will meet regularly to discuss your care at the multidisciplinary team meeting (MDTM).
The team may include:
National guidance recommends that all NHS breast cancer patients have their own breast care nurse if they want one. Most private hospitals also have breast care nurses.
Your nurse will try to answer any questions you have and will offer support during and after your hospital treatment. This role is sometimes called a ‘key worker’.
You may also have treatment or care from:
A range of support services may also be available. This varies from area to area. You may be interested in finding out more about:
Your breast care nurse can tell you what’s available in your area.
When your treatment team has all the information from the tests, they will discuss your treatment options with you and prepare a treatment plan.
Your treatment plan may change as more information about your breast cancer becomes available (such as the results of tests done on the breast tissue removed during surgery).
You can decide how much, or how little, involvement you want in decisions about your treatment. You can change your mind about how much involvement you want at any stage of your treatment.
Whatever level of involvement you want, you don’t have to be rushed into treatment. You can spend a few days thinking about any treatment options you’ve been offered before you decide what you want to do. Taking a little time to think about your treatment is very unlikely to make a difference to the outcome. But you may feel more in control of what’s happening if you’ve had a chance to think things through.
You’ll probably have some questions and you should feel free to ask for as much information as you need. Your treatment team will be able to explain anything you don’t understand.
Some possible questions are listed below.