Multi Disciplinary Teams
Over the last 15 years, the care of cancer patients has gone from being looked after by a single doctor who was largely responsible for decision making, to multidisciplinary care. This multidisciplinary care is provided by a multidisciplinary team (MDT).
Head and Neck cancer, including thyroid cancer is now managed within MDTs. From the time a diagnosis of cancer is made by any of the team, the care of the patient is discussed and treatment recommendations are made within the MDT framework. This provides a forum for review of pathology, radiology and clinical aspects of each patients case, relying on more than a single point of opinion or expertise. Each member of the MDT brings with them expertise and insight which differs from others.
Dr Ashford is involved in both Endocrine (thyroid) and Head & Neck Cancer MDTs both at Liverpool and Wollongong. The management of cancer patients is discussed within the MDT with other Surgeons, Radiation and Medical Oncologists, Pathologists, Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians as well as a range of Allied Health Care Professionals including Cancer Nurses, Dieticians and Speech and Language Pathologists.
From these meetings, recommendations are then discussed with the patient, and a plan for the management of their cancer is presented. It is our view that this gives each patient the very best chance to have all parameters of their care covered and the piece of mind to embark on their individual journey through treatment.