Assessment & Planning
University College Hospital, a team of specialists will
decide the treatment that is best for you. This
multidisciplinary team will include an oral and
maxillofacial surgeon or an ear, nose and throat (ENT)
surgeon and a clinical oncologist (chemotherapy
and radiotherapy specialist).
team will often include a number of other healthcare
professionals such as a dentist or oral hygienist, a
nurse specialist, speech and language therapist,
dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and
psychologist or counsellor.
two treatments are equally effective for your type and
stage of cancer – for example, surgery or radiotherapy,
your doctors may offer you a choice of treatments.
people find it very hard to make a decision. If you are
asked to make a choice, make sure that you have enough
information about the different treatment options, what
is involved and the side effects you might have, so that
you can decide what is the right treatment for you.
is often a good idea to have a friend or relative with
you when the treatment is explained, to help you
remember the discussion more fully. You may also find it
useful to write down a list of questions before you go
to your appointment