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Multidisciplinary Care Team

“What is Multidisciplinary Care?”

Picture of a couple talking with a doctorMultidisciplinary Care is a team approach to health care. The team includes health professionals who are involved in diagnosing and treating your cancer, managing your symptoms and side effects, and assisting you with your feelings or concerns during your cancer journey. Together they develop the best care and ‘Treatment Plan’ for you, taking into consideration not only your medical needs, but your physical, emotional, practical, informational and spiritual needs also.

Research shows that there are better outcomes for people with cancer when their treatment is planned by a multidisciplinary team.

Who makes up the Multidisciplinary Team?

The members of your team will vary according to the care you need, but may include:

  • Gynaecologic Oncologist
  • A specialist doctor who performs surgery and oversees all aspects of treating women with a gynaecologic cancer (cancers that may affect the genital organs including the uterus, cervix, ovary, fallopian tube, vagina or vulva).

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  • Medical Oncologist
  • A specialist doctor who manages chemotherapy, cancer pain and other symptoms.

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  • Radiation Oncologist
  • A specialist doctor who provides patients with radiotherapy to treat or alleviate the affects of cancer.

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  • Resident, Registrar and Fellow Doctors
  • Doctors who are undertaking further training in a specialist area. They are supervised by specialist consultants.

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  • General Practitioner
  • A doctor who works in the community.

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  • Pathologist
  • A specialist doctor who examines cells, tissue and blood from the body to find abnormalities, including cancer.

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  • Gynaecologist
  • A doctor who specialises in diagnosing and managing women with gynaecological issues, including cancer.

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  • Gynaecologic Cancer Nurse Coordinator
  • Very experienced cancer nurse who provides a link between health care services, a point of contact, information and support, as well as co-ordination of care for cancer patients no matter where they live in Western Australia. See more about Gynaecologic Cancer Nurse Coordinator.

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  • Palliative Care Physician
  • A doctor who specialises in caring for people whose cancer cannot be cured.

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  • Oncology Liaison Nurse
  • A nurse who specialises in the care of people with cancer.

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  • Clinical Nurse Specialist / Sexologist - Menopausal Symptoms After-Cancer (MSAC) Clinic
  • A nurse who specialises in managing the symptoms women may have after their cancer treatment. KEMH has a nurse-led clinic providing assessment to assist in the management and impact of cancer on sexual wellbeing and functioning and individualised supportive care in the area of sexuality, and appropriate referrals, as needed.

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  • Aboriginal Liaison Officer
  • An Aboriginal health professional who:

    • Provides emotional, social and cultural support to patients and their families
    • Advocates and liaises on behalf of patient and families
    • Provides information about hospital services
    • Assists with referrals to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations

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  • Pharmacist
  • A health professional that specialises in supplying, dispensing and manufacturing drugs.

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  • Clinical Psychologist (Psychological Medicine Clinical Care Unit)
  • A health professional that specialises in the provision of counselling and other interventions to help people manage problems that may be affecting their emotional and social wellbeing. This can include, but is not limited to, assistance with mental health difficulties. Any inpatients that require psychological or psychiatric assessment are referred to Psychological Medicine. Outpatients from KEMH can also access the service. See more about Clinical Psychologist (Psychological Medicine Clinical Care Unit) (PDF).

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  • Social Worker
  • A health professional that specialises in providing emotional support, counselling and advice about some practical and legal matters.

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  • Physiotherapist
  • A health professional that specialises in exercise and pain management.

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  • Occupational Therapist
  • A health professional that provides practical support to help overcome physical problems or barriers at home or work.

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  • Dietitian
  • A health professional that specialises in providing advice about what to eat.

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  • Geneticist
  • A health professional that specialises in providing information and discussing options for people with a family history of a disease or a genetic disorder in the family.

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  • Reproductive Medicine Unit
  • Health professionals who assist with fertility issues for women.

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  • Pastoral Carer
  • Care provided by spiritual or religious leaders.

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  • Anaesthetist
  • A specialist doctor that provides the anaesthesia for surgery and pain relief afterwards. At KEMH, anaesthetists run the Adult Special Care Unit where major cases are looked after for at least 24 hours post operatively. Almost all major surgical cases receive an epidural prior to general anaesthesia so that the pain relief for the days following the operation is the best available and superior to other techniques (e.g. patient controlled intravenous pain relief).

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“What happens at the Multidisciplinary Team meeting?”

At the meeting the team will:

  • discuss your pathology results and confirm the stage of your cancer
  • work out your treatment plan
  • decide if any further tests need to be carried out
  • make appropriate referrals to specialist services
  • collect patient information and keep records

“…my cancer journey is unique to me”

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