Your Healthcare Team

Your Healthcare Team

Patients dealing with a Brain Tumour will, most likely, be treated/reviewed by two multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). The first of those is the Neurosciences MDT. They are the team responsible for the diagnosis and initial management of most adults with brain tumours. The Neurosciences MDT's responsibilities include:

  • Establishing a diagnosis
  • Developing management plans for patients that include initial supportive care needs, diagnostic and surgical interventions, non-surgical oncology interventions, treatment of symptoms and follow-up
  • Facilitating the entry of patients into appropriate National Cancer Research Network and local clinical trials
  • Liaising with the cancer network MDT

The second is the cancer network MDT who coordinate the non-surgical management of most adult brain tumour patients. Its responsibilities include:

  • Implementing the non-surgical aspect (e.g Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy) of the management plan produced by the neurosciences MDT
  • Ensuring that there are systems in place for the continuous assessment of the needs of patients, their relatives and carers, and provide or ensure provision of appropriate support
  • Re-referring patients to the neuroscience MDT where appropriate
  • Involving the local referring hospital or community services in continuing, palliative and supportive care where appropriate, and provide specialist advice to local healthcare professionals when needed

The specialist multi-disciplinary teams may include the following health professionals:

  • Neurologists - A doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.
  • Neurosurgeons - A doctor who specialises in surgery on the brain, spine, and other parts of the nervous system.
  • Neuropathologists - A pathologist who specialises in diseases of the nervous system. A pathologist identifies disease by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.
  • Neuro-Oncologists - A doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating brain tumors and other tumors of the nervous system.
  • Radiotherapists - A medical specialist who uses radioactive substances and X-rays in the treatment of disease
  • Neuro Oncology nurse specialists - Someone who usually meets you at diagnosis and is your main point of contact at the hospital. They can provide you with information about your brain tumour, answer questions about your treatment and signpost you to other organisations that may be able to help you.
  • Neuropsychologists - Psychologists who work with people with brain disorders.
  • Palliative Care specialists- Specialist in patient facilities (in hospices or hospitals) for patients who benefit from the continuous support and care of specialist palliative care teams
  • A neuroradiologist - A doctor trained in radiology who specialises in creating and interpreting pictures of the nervous system. The pictures are produced using forms of radiation, such as x-rays, sound waves, or other types of energy.

Source: NICE guidelines for cancer services 'Improving outcomes for people with brain and CNS tumours' - June 2006. Available to download in full from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence

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