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Who's who in the treatment team

The teenage and young adult multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is made up of professionals who are expert in diagnosing, treating and caring for young people with cancer. These teams are based at teenage and young adult cancer units.

They discuss every new case, so that the team who are leading the treatment get their input and advice. The two teams then work together to coordinate the patient's care and support, wherever a young person is having their cancer treatment.

Read more about cancer types and terms in the Cancer Research UK glossary

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    Oncologist:

    A specialist doctor who treats cancer.

  • picture of a pharmacist

    Pharmacist:

    These professionals prepare and give out drugs. They have expert knowledge in how these drugs work, the doses you should have and how they should be given.

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    Psychologist:

    Some units have clinical psychologists who are there to provide expert emotional support.

  • picture of a physiotherapist

    Physiotherapist:

    Specialises in helping you improve physically after your treatment, through exercise and activities designed for your needs.

  • picture of a radiologist

    Radiologist:

    A doctor specialising in the use of imaging techniques such as x-rays and scans to help with diagnosis or to assist in treatment.