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.
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:
- New South Wales (inc. ACT and border areas of VIC and SA): canrefer.org.au
- Victoria: cancermdmdirectory.com
- Queensland: health.qld.gov.au
If you are in Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, ask your doctor to help you locate a multidisciplinary team.