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The treatment team

In Australia, treatment for cancer is provided by a multidisciplinary team, comprising a group of doctors and other health professionals with expertise in a specific cancer, such as kidney cancer.

Multidisciplinary care is considered best practice in the treatment, planning and care for patients with cancer.

The team will regularly meet and discuss a patient’s medical history, organise appropriate tests, assess the test results, and together determine the most appropriate treatment care plan.

The benefits of a multidisciplinary team include:

  • accurate diagnosis and staging
  • treatment being planned by a group of expert health professionals
  • better coordination of care
  • consideration of your psychological and social needs
  • greater likelihood the care will follow clinical practice guidelines
  • improved satisfaction with treatment and care.

Find out more about multidisciplinary care.

Go to our Kidney Cancer Support and Information Pack for more resources.

Team members

Health professionals who may be a part of a multidisciplinary team include:

Medical oncologist – A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with medications, including targeted therapies, chemotherapy and immunotherapies.

Urologist – A doctor who specialises in problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs.

Radiation oncologist – A doctor who specialises in treating cancer with the use of radiation therapy.

Urological surgeon/surgical oncologist – Doctors who specialise in the surgical management of tumours.

Care coordinator – A nurse who coordinates the care of patients with a specific type of cancer.

Nurse unit manager – A nurse who oversees all aspects of operating a unit within a healthcare facility.

Pathologist – A doctor who examines tissues, checks lab tests and interprets the results in order to facilitate the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.

Psychologist – An expert with professional training and clinical skills to help people learn to cope more effectively with emotional and psychological challenges.

Allied health staff – Depending on the circumstances, other healthcare professionals such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and social worker may contribute to the care of a patient with kidney cancer.

Find a team

Using the links below, you can search for multidisciplinary teams in your state:

If you are in Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, ask your doctor to help you locate a multidisciplinary team.

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