Multidisciplinary cancer teams

What is a multidisciplinary team?

A multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach means that a group of clinicians and other medical and health professionals work together for the care of patients. The multidisciplinary teams meet regularly to develop and review individual patient care plans.

MDT meetings occur on a regular basis and include clinicians from different specialist areas such as:

  • Hepatologists
  • Oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Radiologists, both interventional and diagnostic
  • Surgeons
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists

What happens at the multidisciplinary team meeting?

At the team meeting specialists review individual medical history and results and discuss care plans for each patient. Multiple patient treatment plans are discussed at the meeting and medical students may be in attendance. Personal or other health information disclosed to health professionals may be shared at the meeting where relevant. All meeting attendees are bound by professional confidentiality. Please note: There may be a cost of $150 not covered by Medicare if a second opinion is requested on pathology results.If you have any questions or do not want your case presented at an MDT please inform the specialist managing your care to discuss.

What happens after the meeting?

A specialist will discuss the recommendations from meeting with the patient personally in a separate appointment. The final decision regarding the treatment and care plan is made in consultation with the patient.

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