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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.

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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