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A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and there is no one-size-fits all treatment option.
Individuals facing a cancer diagnosis often need the experience and skills of several different medical professionals to treat the disease. This is where a multidisciplinary care team comes in.
A multidisciplinary care team can help you every step of the way — from diagnosis to treatment and recovery.
Multidisciplinary care teams include staff from different levels of the treatment pyramid, including nurses, nurses’ aides, surgical technicians, anesthesiologists and other specialists. Their advanced teamwork counters the “silo effect” by enhancing communication between different levels of healthcare workers.
Here are some of the healthcare professionals who may make up your multidisciplinary team:
Nurses are often the heart of your cancer care. They adjust their role to fit the needs of their patient.
Your care team may include:
Your multidisciplinary team may also consist of clinicians who help with managing the disease. This part of your team may include:
It can be difficult to know who does what during your treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask the people caring for you what their roles are in your care.
A multidisciplinary care team is a must for people with cancer. Throughout your treatment, the members of your care team work together, drawing on their specialized training, to meet your individual needs and help you fight the disease.
Edward-Elmhurst Health brings together expert cancer professionals from a variety of specialties under one roof. This helps to speed up treatment and provide you with comprehensive, more convenient care close to home. Learn more about multidisciplinary cancer care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Read how a comprehensive care team gave this patient faith and hope to fight.
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